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Can An Airline Sort Bags By Class?  
User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2793 posts, RR: 10
Posted (4 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4268 times:
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If someone is in first or business on a multi stop international flight be sorted so those bags come out first? I have found on all airlines, no matter what class of travel, bags come out in any order!


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User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4200 times:
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I'm sure they do, I regularly see the premium class-tagged bags coming out first after flying SAA long haul.

If they aren't going to do it, why tag the bag as such in the first place?



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User currently offlinebe77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

It's one of the best things about AC Elite (*A Gold) for me. On AC, business class, elite, and super elite travellers have the bags lagged 'priority', and they always seem to come out first. Generally I think the handlers actually load the priority bags on to one cart first and then immediately go to drop them off, while other handlers continue to load the Y class bags onto a different cart which gets taken to the drop point when it is full.


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User currently offlineAndyinPIT From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3988 times:

At UA bags are tagged and usually separated to a final destination. For example if you had a flight MCO-DEN-LAX. your first leg would just be thrown in with the rest of the transfers. And on the second leg they would be loaded last to make sure they came off first. Of course it all depends on the station, runner, etc. On INTL flights at IAD we would throw priority tagged bags in a seperate can, and load that one last.

That's just their operation in a nutshell. Not sure about everyone else.


User currently offlineNWAdeicer From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 169 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

At DL those bags are tagged with the yellow "Priority" tag. The bags are separated during the offload and then loaded onto the claim belt first. The problem starts when the yellow tags are not secured to the bag tag, there is a small printed "Priority" on both sides of the bar code area on the bag tag. But it is very difficult to see at night and they are missed and not placed on first with the tagged ones.


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User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1678 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3868 times:

Quoting NWAdeicer (Reply 4):
At DL those bags are tagged with the yellow "Priority" tag. The bags are separated during the offload and then loaded onto the claim belt first. The problem starts when the yellow tags are not secured to the bag tag, there is a small printed "Priority" on both sides of the bar code area on the bag tag. But it is very difficult to see at night and they are missed and not placed on first with the tagged ones.

I believe the same process works at AA, with the similar issues - First/Business/ExecPlats get the priority tags. The tags are bright orange, which might be slightly more noticeable for handlers. From what I've seen the priority-tagged bags on AA come out among the first 7 out of every 10 times - with some variants depending on airports involved in the routing.


User currently offlinesmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1488 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3842 times:

At QR, VA and EK, the tags are purly for pax to see and to assist the bag guys. The class is encoded into the normal thermal tag and when scanned in the bag room the bag is placed in a special priority can which is generally offloaded first.

User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1800 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3834 times:
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LH loves bagage distrubution. Theres Local, Transfer, Hot or Short transfer, Priority (for senators) and HON (HON Circle bagage)

Ideally they want each subtype to have its own net section which is usually impossible. However they always load priorities and hot transfers in front of the door. If you fail to load the HON luggage in front of the door you might just get shot.



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User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2551 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3781 times:

As far as I can gather, on NZ the first bags to come out are the "priority" ones.

So I guess they can sort.



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User currently offlineEDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3737 times:

SQ Certainly do, even have them on a separate carousel at some destinations.

User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3475 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3703 times:

As quoted by a BA staff member at the LHR T5 bag drop as she placed the priority labels on our bags "these ensure your bags get on the carousel 1st here, but I can't guarantee it at your destination"
She was right, duly at SFO all the priority bags came off nearly last.


User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1678 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3688 times:

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 10):
As quoted by a BA staff member at the LHR T5 bag drop as she placed the priority labels on our bags "these ensure your bags get on the carousel 1st here, but I can't guarantee it at your destination"
She was right, duly at SFO all the priority bags came off nearly last.

My experience (with AA and CO mostly) has been that the priority tagging works a lot better when landing at the carriers home country.


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