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Handling Luggage Is A Lost Art

Oct 12, 2007
The days when the purchase of a set of luggage was almost a part of growing up and going off to college or on one's honeymoon are long past. Sometimes the backpacks the kids wear to school hold more than the old luggage did, although a lot less neatly.

The 7-piece sets of matched and monogrammed luggage are not often seen on the baggage carousel at the airport. There have probably been too many instances where the luggage has gone astray simply because it looks expensive. Since you are not allowed to lock the luggage because of security reasons, it makes little sense to purchase expensive and secure luggage with the expectation of keeping the contents safe.

Many more travelers today seem to be using duffel bag type luggage as opposed to hard-sided luggage. You just have to be careful about breakable items placed in with your dress shirts. Handling luggage is a lost art and nobody, it seems is at fault.

In the past, it seems that women travelers were the ones who typically had the massive amounts of luggage, although they were the least able to manage the logistics of getting the items from the automobile to the baggage check area. Now you see both professional men and women traveling with only a small carry-on bag and a laptop. There is sometimes not even a piece of luggage, which is checked.

Efficient travelers stride up to the ticket kiosk, sometimes check luggage at curbside so they are relatively unfettered when they enter the terminal. At the other end of the trip, you see confident people pulling down the hand luggage from the overhead bins almost before the 'fasten seat belts' sign is turned off so they can be the first off the plane.

Usually it is better to take a deep breath and stay in one's seat until the aisle starts to clear out a little so you will not be pushed in the back by someone's oversized luggage. Occasionally, of course, the luggage in the overhead compartments actually has shifted and so opening the compartment results in hand luggage dropping onto the head of the person still politely waiting in the seat below.

Those people who were first off the plane rush to be first to the baggage carousel where they station themselves as close as possible to the opening where the luggage enters the terminal. It is as if they fear that someone else will grab the luggage first if they do not get it immediately off the carousel.
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