xl5150: I've never been on an airline flight before. The more I read about things like this (including TSA, etc), the happier I am about that.
Marcintosh: Written by a pilot-who's luggage is never lost - ever
Gyrfalcon: I've flown my entire life.
whatshisname: The tag's only as good as the person checking your bags. Try a multi-stop trip through Africa and see how often your baggage shows up at the carousel.
titwrench: I had one of my bags lost on a United airlines flight. They were pretty helpful and they located it within a couple minutes. The thing I couldn't understand is if they were able to locate my bag that quickly why was it so difficult to get it on the correct plane? I gave the girl my baggage claim ticket she scanned it and within a few seconds she knew exactly where it was. Wouldn't they scan the bag the same way to put it on the correct flight?
whatshisname: Gyrfalcon: I've flown my entire life.Aren't your arms really tired?
thornhill: Despite the occasional news story about something egregious a TSA employee does, I find most to be innocuous. It's very rare that I don't breeze through security without any problems.
alexanderplatz: Interesting article. The Aviation labels gallery linked in the article looks like a good theme for a Photoshop contest.
Orion5k: The computer system merely tracks where the bag was last scanned. If the bag was not scanned onto the flight you were on, then the agent you talked to would simply notice that it was not scanned onto your flight. Likewise, if it were scanned onto the wrong flight, the agent would know that it is in the wrong city. Each leg of the bags journey is tracked digitally.
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