Baggage Handler Warns: No Ribbons on Your Suitcase!

Are you tired of accidentally picking up someone else’s luggage at the airport, only to find yourself stuck with someone else’s stuff? Well, you’re not alone! Many travelers try to make their suitcases stand out by adding ribbons, trinkets, and other decorations. But here’s a word of caution: according to a baggage handler at Dublin Airport, this seemingly harmless practice may actually cause more harm than good.

Meet John, a seasoned employee with years of experience handling luggage. He has seen it all, from suitcases adorned with diamantes to bags equipped with GoPro cameras. While John understands the desire to personalize your belongings and make them easily identifiable, he warns that ribbons and other decorations can cause issues during the baggage scanning process.

“Ribbons people tie onto their suitcases to help identify them can cause issues with the bag being scanned in the baggage hall,” John explains. “If the bag can’t be scanned automatically, it can end up in manual processing, which could mean your bag doesn’t make it to the flight.”

Imagine the frustration of arriving at your destination, only to realize that your suitcase didn’t make it onto the plane. Not exactly the stress-free experience you were hoping for, right? So, if you want to ensure a smooth journey for your luggage, it’s best to avoid tying ribbons or anything else to your suitcase handle.

But it’s not just ribbons that could cause problems. John also advises removing old stickers from your bag, as they can confuse the scanning process. And here’s an interesting tip: when placing your suitcase on the luggage carousel, try putting it wheels up to avoid damage.

Now, while we’re on the topic of luggage, let’s talk about Marzipan. If you’re a baking enthusiast, you might be tempted to bring along this sweet almond treat in your suitcase. However, John has a word of caution for you. Believe it or not, Marzipan has the same density as some explosives, which means it can raise eyebrows during security checks. Trust us, getting held up at the airport for a bit of Marzipan just isn’t worth it!

So, this summer, leave the ribbons and cake supplies at home and focus on making your flight stress-free. After all, your well-deserved vacation awaits, and the last thing you want is for your luggage to go on an unexpected detour. Keep it simple, keep it safe, and have a wonderful trip!