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User currently offlineJA From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 563 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1605 times:

Let's say that we have two airlines that did not interline and we wanted to move from one to the other without having to be rescreened. In theory, would it be possible for a passenger to check in at the gate while their bags were being checked in downstairs? Would it be possible to have a service that moved the passenger's bag from the baggage claim of the first airline to the check-in point of the second airline?

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User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1902 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

It'd still have to be screened. Once it's unloaded at baggage claim, that bag is no longer sterile. That bag would also have to be re-tagged by the new carrier.

User currently offlineJA From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 563 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1558 times:



Quoting DLX737200 (Reply 1):
It'd still have to be screened. Once it's unloaded at baggage claim, that bag is no longer sterile. That bag would also have to be re-tagged by the new carrier.

That would be no problem. The people complain about being rescreened, not the luggage.

Skybus had a "baggage drop" if I remember correctly. I envision a system where someone with a list of bags to pick up would take a big cart over to the baggage claim and cart those bags over to the other airline.


User currently offlineYVPHX From United States of America, joined exactly 5 years ago today! , 250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

I know that when people us Travelocity.com, or orbitz.com they book their first segment on say US Airways then their second on maybe F9. The bag tag will actually read the first flight as US then the second as F9. We have a runner that takes the sterile bag from US to F9 without it being re-screened. HOWEVER if you book one ticket on US then the second on WN, you would have to claim the bag at the carousel at US then re-check it at WN as it is no longer considered Sterile.

So pretty much just what DLX737200 said.


User currently offlineDHR From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

Its possible in Europe. I sometimes travel with two airlines (tickets bought online individually) and as long as you check-in online for the second airline prior to arriving at the airport, you only need to explain to the check-in agent that you want your baggage to arrive at your final destination. It adds work for them as they have to register your baggage for both flights and you may come accross an agent that doesn't want the hassle.

During my last trip my baggage arrived at the gate for me onward flight but they refused to load it because the agent at my port of origin failed to register the baggage on my next flight.


User currently offlineJA From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 563 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1340 times:



Quoting DHR (Reply 4):
It adds work for them as they have to register your baggage for both flights and you may come accross an agent that doesn't want the hassle.

So they contact the other airline ahead of time and let them know the bag is coming? Are these common use airport agents or airine specific reps?


User currently offlineCOFanNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1296 times:



Quoting DHR (Reply 4):
I sometimes travel with two airlines (tickets bought online individually) and as long as you check-in online for the second airline prior to arriving at the airport, you only need to explain to the check-in agent that you want your baggage to arrive at your final destination.

The issue, however, is whether or not those two airlines have an interline agreement. I see it as being no problem if you booked a ticket on AF and another ticket on LH and wanted to check the bag through.

I think JA's question is whether or not there is a service for a circumstance where you bought a ticket on AF and then a separate ticket on FR which does not interline with any airline.

I would think that no such thing exists and would be hard to execute since one of the questions you're supposed to be able to answer when checking in a bag for a flight is "Has the bag been in your possession at all times since you packed it?". That certainly wouldn't be the case if a third party picked up your bag at baggage claim and brought it to another airline's check-in counter.


User currently offlineGxman From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1264 times:



Quoting COFanNYC (Reply 6):
"Has the bag been in your possession at all times since you packed it

As a side note, I have not been asked that question for a long time.



Steve
User currently offlineAZNCSA4QF744ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1255 times:



Quoting YVPHX (Reply 3):
WN as it is no longer considered Sterile.

WHAT????

WN is not part of any IATA partner carrier. Therefore they have NO interline agreements with ANY other airlines. Any connection with WN would need to be re-tagged with WN at their connecting city.


Also, Airlines must have interline agreements among each other in order for the bag to be tagged to the final destination. EXAMPLE: AF to F9 will not work as they do not have interline agreements among the two.

Quoting YVPHX (Reply 3):
Travelocity.com, or orbitz.com

When the itinerary have multiple carriers it is best to ask the check-in agent to check the bag to the final destination along with the itinerary. This would require manual entry each airlines system. Do not check in at the Kiosk as most will only read that particular airlines only.


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