How Your Luggage Is Handled

January 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If you think air travel is tough, be thankful you’re not a checked bag. Granted, you have to navigate congested terminals and crowded airplanes. But, you don’t have to do so via conveyor systems, sorting stations, and rotating carousels.

Luggage being loaded onto an airplaneDespite the fact that airline personnel do their best to make sure your bags arrive on time and intact, checked luggage endures a lot in transit. At the check-in counter, it’s tagged and placed on a conveyor belt. Needless to say, bags with loose straps, open flaps or other stray material run the risk of being caught in the belt and damaged.

Depending on the size of the airport, your luggage may be transported on conveyor systems over long distances. And, at each junction, they are scanned and re-routed by automated “pushers” to the appropriate conveyor within the network.

In smaller airports without extensive automated systems, time pressures can contribute to. . . more “vigorous” handling of your luggage. Baggage handlers are held accountable when loading delays cause late departures. In their haste to make sure that all luggage makes the flight, these handlers don’t always treat each bag with the tender loving care you do.

So, what’s a frequent traveler to do? Invest in durable, dependable Travelpro® luggage, of course.

All Travelpro products are manufactured with strong, lightweight honeycomb frames and durable fabrics that are coated for water resistance. Reinforced extension and carry handles along with sealed bearing wheels enhance durability. Plus, features like corner protectors, kick plates and back skid guards all add years to your bag’s service life.

A great way to avoid having checked bags damaged is to not check them in the first place. Travelpro offers many types and styles of lightweight carry-on models that meet airline size restrictions. This eliminates not only threat of luggage-eating carousels, but the cost of checking bags at departure and the headache of retrieving them upon arrival.

Throughout the development process, Travelpro’s design team focuses on both product durability and weight reduction. We recognize that any manufacturer can offer a bag that doesn’t weigh much. The challenge is to provide a lightweight bag that stands up to overworked baggage handlers and crowded conveyer systems worldwide.

Have we succeeded? Could we offer a lifetime warranty against material and workmanship defects on our products if they weren’t extremely durable?

Photo: Ellenm1 (Flickr)

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