Not losing your luggage, but damaging it

We keep hearing about how airport terminal baggage handling sucks, losing luggage. Perhaps they will invest in some technology to upgrade the way they sort and move items. Of course it also has to be considered that these systems handle hundred of thousands of bags, each to a different airline or arrival belt. And sometimes it is even more annoying to find your luggage, but not intact! Consolation perhaps that not all is lost…

We had our fair share of damaged luggage.

In Egypt our luggage was apparently opened. It was hastily closed and locked. But the lock became stuck. We had to haul our luggage to the concierge and ask for help. It came in the form of a large plier and duct tape. Lots of duct tape.

And when we came home from Holland one time, the wheels and side of the case was cracked! It was a Samsonite for crying out loud. Don’t they have advertisements showing how the luggage falls off a cliff, roll across stony landscape and still look new? As if the biblical namesake cannot withstand the way the luggage is handled…ugh

Can you imagine if it was a LV suitcase?

Ok, not ours though. Sometimes these videos (here, here and here just to name a few) showing how the baggage handlers move or “move things” in your bags make you less inclined to check in anything more than a little fragile. And by the way if you think they handle it any better if you plaster “fragile” on your luggage, think again. Perhaps as consolation, the hardshelled suitcases still hold your stuff intact. Compared those soft shelled ones with zips on the side, we fear for its content.

Today we are dis-inclined to use non hard shelled suitcases. Particularly not the ones with the zips. So easy to open and close, you’d never know if something was taken or inserted! And the material used looks like it can easily be ripped up with rough handling. Sure the TSA or any custom agent can easily open your luggage if they so wish. But you see, perhaps having a false sense of security is better than none!

What kind of luggage will you use?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

19 thoughts on “Not losing your luggage, but damaging it”

  1. On my two month trip in Asia, I damaged my suitcase zip about two weeks before the end of the trip in Japan. It survived being hauled through snow pretty well, but it was the 21 hour trip home I was worried about. The terminal we departed from in Sapporo didn’t have a luggage wrapping service! So I used an entire role of strapping tape to keep it together! Fortunately it survived the long trip home.

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  2. Damaged/ lost luggage is honestly one of my worries whenever I travel! I probably need to upgrade REALLY soon since I’ve been using the same one for like.. 8 years now! Lol hope all my luggage will stay intact tomorrow when we travel to Florida (crossing our fingers) haha thanks for posting, you had some great insight!

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  3. My problem with losing luggage is that not all can be recovered with insurance. I can’t put all my “favorites” in my carry on because it’s 7kg for economy passengers. I don’t trust some airports more than others. I’ve just told my daughter now to check in her luggage in LAX to Johannesburg only and collect in in JNB and check in again on her George flight. I wouldn’t want to tempt the South Africans as they handle the bag between international and domestic. At least if Mr Murphy strikes, as you say, there’s not additional time lost and she’s still in an international airport as opposed to small George airport. We’ll be losing 5 Ever After High dolls for her little sister if the thieves strike. Knock on wood they leave her suitcase alone.
    Hard shell, for sure. And one day, I won’t feel bad spending on a suitcase as I don’t for a pair of shoes. Lol!

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  4. I don’t think we have used any hard shell luggage for our 18 years of travel. I did lose my luggage twice. Once was when we arrived Seattle, didn’t get our luggage. Later was told that the luggage was still on the plane, and the plant went on to Arizona…we got our luggage eventually. Another time, a guy took my luggage because the color was very similar. He left his at the airport. The customer service tracked down the guy’s address, took his luggage to him and bring mine back to me within a day!!

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