It’s a pact that you make every time you check a bag. Whether you realize it or not, every time you fly, you’re putting your trust in someone you’ve never met: a baggage handler. They’re on the front lines when it comes to making sure your all important luggage gets from point A to point B. Yet, what do we really know about the men and women taxiing our stuff along the runway while we judge whether or not to spend ten bucks for a coffee? Who are the people who look after our bags in transit … and how much do they really care about the job at hand? Well, we’ve done the research and here are some secrets of professional baggage handlers, plus a few useful tips to help your bags get to where you want them.
1. How Common Is Theft?
In all honesty, not very. Okay, a person who handles bags for a living may have some incentive to claim that it’s not that common, but your stuff really is pretty safe when you check your bags. Usually, the worst thing that could happen is that your bag gets checked and they don’t bother to be gentle about it.