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one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer

I come to bring you a frequent-traveler rant.

As a point of travel etiquette, I think it would behoove just about everybody to adopt the following checked-luggage protocol:

For the love of Mike, people, stand back from the luggage carousels. (Unless you are disabled in some way, in which case do what you gotta do.)

Stand back. Make a wide ring. If everyone did this, then you would have adequate space for everybody to stand, and adequate visibility to spot your luggage coming down the conveyor.

When you see your luggage, I promise you you will then be able to step forward at your leisure, check the tag, and retrieve your bag without having to fight through a scrum. And then leave.

Crowding the carousel down not actually make the guys in the back load your luggage onto the belt faster. And you cannot actually get your luggage until it is on the belt, did you know that? 

Crowding the belt also slows down your ability to get your damn bag, because you can't see it coming. You have literally nothing to lose by being polite and taking three steps back.

Also, do not step in front of other people waiting for their luggage unless you actually see your luggage on the belt. Seriously, it's rude. It's probably even ruder than reclining your chair on non-overnight flights.

If everybody were to work together on this, and adopt it as a standard of behavior applicable to all, it would lower checked luggage irritation by a median of 45%.

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Wholehearted agreement from me.

The very short girl right here seconds this. I cannot see through or over people.

I hear you sister


- Another very short, rather old, girl.
There has to be very compelling reasons for me to check luggage these days. Actually, to even get me on a plane for that matter. If it's on this land mass, I'll just drive.
If people would just stop being self-absorbed and selfish so often, so much of life would be improved. This is true across a vast range of topics.

And yet...
Hear, hear!!
So say we all. I like to stand way back out of the scrum and wander over when I see my bag. I always wonder why people are in such a hurry to get ON the plane, even when it means being cramped up longer, and then are in a hurry to get OFF and all stand up, pushing into the aisle before the door is even open, whacking each other on the head with their rolling bags, and getting frustrated that they can't move. Anxiety I suppose.

Scrum

What an great (and appropriate) allusion. Having played rugby and know the full pain of a scrum, I shudder each time I try to get to my bag that - because the crowd is so densely packed - shows up between folks who won't move to let me get it on the first try. I usually step back, move several people "Down Belt" and try again. Sometimes this maneuver actually works.

Re: Scrum

First step is to get everyone to work together.
Amen. And whose idea was it to take the seating out of baggage claim at Newark? There's nowhere to sit and wait for the scrum to dissipate anymore, unless you want to walk halfway down the damn terminal.
There seems to be a ridiculous on going trend to removing seating from baggage claim. Possibly it's a packing problem (hah!) in that they can't get as many carousels in the same space with seating as without.

That doesn't mean there's more than 3 people at Austin that need seats for any given flight...