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Baggage Claim Question

Sat Dec 07, 2002 3:21 am

What happens to any luggage that is left on the carousel after all the others from the flight have been claimed?

The reason I ask is because on my next flight, I might want to linger in the terminal to get some pics. If I go to Baggage Claim right after getting off the plane, I will pass thru security and lose any opportunity to go back to the concourse. So, I'd like to take some pics at the gates before leaving the secure area, but my bag will be taken to the claim area immediately after being unloaded from the plane, and there's a good chance that it will be the last one to be claimed.

Do I need to call down there and tell them I will be late in picking it up or will it be ok for a certain period of time? Or can I just tell the agent at my arrival gate to notify them that I'll be late? Or, will the airport page me over the intercom if I don't pick up my bag?

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RE: Baggage Claim Question

Sat Dec 07, 2002 4:36 am

depending what type of flight it is and which airport. I did the same thing you are suggesting while flying international to KLIA. I was taking pictures inside the terminal and by the time i got thru immigration to the baggage claim area my suitecase was picked up by the airlines lost and found and put in to storage so i had to go to the lost and found office to collect my bag so it isnt bad at all. it is all airport dependent and airlin. but most likely it will go to the lost and found counter of the prespective airline. hope this helps

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RE: Baggage Claim Question

Sat Dec 07, 2002 4:46 am

I'd say at a major airport it will spin around for some time then be taken off my a airline or airport personal and taken to the airlines luggage office. You probably have a hour without having to worry then it might get taken off. But at DTW some carousels are used for many flights which might by you a little more time.

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RE: Baggage Claim Question

Sat Dec 07, 2002 5:54 am


We would take the bags off the carousel as soon as we knew that all bags from the recently arrived flights were up. We then kept them in the baggage office until claimed. If more than 5 days went by, we'd send them to the main station (NJ-MCI, FL-ATL).

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RE: Baggage Claim Question

Sat Dec 07, 2002 9:56 am

Good luck taking pictures inside the airport.
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RE: Baggage Claim Question

Sat Dec 07, 2002 3:26 pm

It really depends on the airline and your location. On domestic flights in most U.S. airports, unclaimed baggage usually just sits on the carousel for a little while (or at least until another flight comes in that has to use that carousel). The carousel is abviously stopped but the luggage is placed in an area that is not visible to others "behind the walls".

I think you'll be fine wandering around for a little while (just don't take too long) and make sure you have your baggae claim tag with you when you do claim your bag(s). You may also want to take into consideration the thought of thieves who intentionally sopt these types of things while you are roaming around the airport however. There's always at least one in every airport.
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RE: Baggage Claim Question

Sat Dec 07, 2002 4:14 pm

I know that at Newark if you arrive on an international flight your back is opened by the TSA if you don't pick it up. You won't have a problem though because photography is prohibited in the international arrivals / customs hall anyway.  Laugh out loud
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RE: Baggage Claim Question

Sun Dec 08, 2002 5:50 am

It will be stolen. It happens all the time.
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RE: Baggage Claim Question

Sun Dec 08, 2002 7:24 pm

Regarding your bag being stolen, it depends on what airport you are flying into. At some airports like Dallas Love Field, you have to show your claim check and the person compares that to the tag on your bags before you are allowed to exit. Your bag would be ok at an airport like that.

At other airports, like Austin you just pick up your bag and walk out the door. I've noticed in Austin when I arrive on Southwest, they (Southwest employees) are VERY quick to take unclaimed bags off the carousel and to the baggage office. Several times when I've been on a flight and have been one of the last ones off the plane and stop to use the restroom before exiting the sterile area, I find that my bag has already been taken to the baggage office by the time I make it to the baggage claim area. Whenever that happens, I usually do have to go ahead and show my baggage claim to retrieve my bag.