there used to be only 1 bag claim and in order to dump the bags, you pretty much had to do it cart-by-cart. A few years ago (when PIA was in its prime), it wouldn't be unusual to have us (Air Wisky), TWE, American Eagle, and Northwest all lined up to dump bags. We all used to line up our bag cart trains (sometimes 4 carts deep) but I guess all the airline managers came together and did it as a single cart-dump (which we tried to do at Air Wisky, but you just can't do it when you have a 146 at the gate.. the ATPs weren't an issue as you had 2 seperate pits that would fill up only one cart). Then again, this is when NW
had 4 flights to Minneapolis and 2 to Detoilet (via BMI
or CMI), TWE had hourly ATR-42 & -72 flights to St. Louis, American Eagle had the ATRs to ORD
, UFS had the 4 ATP flights to ORD
, and AWAC had the 2 146's.
So back in the day, you'd dump your bags from one cart, pull up the next, and so forth... then it took the bags a couple of minutes to get down to the bag claim, which was just a small circular belt.
It really reaked havoc when TWA decided to put 2 DC-9-32s on the STL
From the sounds of it, maybe they haven't been able to fix the bag problems