Dieuwer wrote:FGITD wrote:Dieuwer wrote:Wait times at immigration mean nothing if you have checked a bag. I always seem to wait longer at the carousel than standing in line before the kiosks. And that includes traveling with a priority bag tag.
Actually though, the entire bag system for inbounds is a bit of a mess due to space constraints at E. Happens very often that a ramp team is told to dump bags on belt 3, only to get there and find another ramp team dumping a different flight onto that belt. And the solution?
"Wait-currently no other belt available"
Also having a priority tag, or one of those FF luggage tags means nothing. For one thing, the guys dumping bags don't work for the airlines, therefore don't really care. And also priority bags usually get scanned (Hence the uselessness of a visual tag) into the same container. ~40 bags per container, and it can take a few minutes for yours to get there. And that's assuming that container was the first one off, first one on the string of containers, etc.
Oh and also the belt system repeatedly jams and breaks.
There are plenty of belts available at customs. The matter of fact is that about a third of them are never running.
Perhaps that appears to be the case from the passengers perspective, but I can assure you there is not the case.