Always check your bags before boarding, a flight attendant warns


Booking a flight is perhaps the most crucial step in getting away from it all, but it’s only the first in a series of preparations. You’ll also need to pack your bags, figure out how to get to the airport, and get through security to your gate before you can take off. But in addition to these necessities, flight attendants warn there’s an extra step to take before boarding to make your trip as smooth as possible. Read on to see what experts say could save you a lot of heartache before the plane.

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Even the shortest possible trip involves some form of packing and baggage. But if you’re looking to avoid any last-minute surprises and unnecessary stress at the airport, flight attendants suggest checking your baggage before boarding your flight, especially if it’s your baggage the bulkier.

“Some passengers are completely covered in sweat from carrying too many personal items, backpacks and hand luggage,” Arina Flower, a theft who worked in the industry for two years, wrote for Business Insider. “It’s so much easier to check in your bags and walk around the plane relaxed and stress-free.”

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Whether it’s avoiding additional fees or not wanting to deal with the hassle of potentially lost luggage, many travelers go out of their way to avoid checking their bags before a flight. But even if you have already passed through security with your luggage, there is no guarantee that you will be able to keep it with you along the walkway. This may mean sacrificing packing as much as you want, only to have to wait at the baggage carousel when you arrive anyway.

And if you’re worried about paying more, ground crews will be happy to unload your luggage before the boarding process begins in most cases. “It’s not always possible to find space for everyone’s bag, so your extra items may need to be checked regardless,” says Bloom. “If you’re worried about paying extra, ask an attendant at the gate. They’re usually happy to check it for free if the flight is full.”

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Having a rolling bag can make it easier to move around the airport, but it’s a whole different story when it comes to lifting your unchecked luggage into an overhead compartment for your flight. Unfortunately, if you can’t find another friendly passenger to help you at this point, the flight attendants on the plane still can’t step in to help. In a 2019 interview with Interior EditionFlight attendant Jamila Hardwick revealed that a flight attendant should never be asked to store your luggage for you.

“We don’t get paid until the gate is closed,” she explained. “If we hurt ourselves putting that bag in the luggage bin, we can’t consider it a work injury.”

To prevent flight attendants from having a costly accident, you might want to think twice before bringing a large bag on a plane. “The rule is that if you can’t lift it into the overhead compartment yourself, check it out“, former flight attendant Shawn Kathleen told Yahoo! Travel to 2015. Once your bag is in the overhead compartment, all a flight attendant can do is push it further and help close the door.

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For some road-hardened travelers, the aversion to checking baggage in the first place might be based on outdated information. New technologies and improved practices have made lost baggage increasingly rare: in 2020, only 3.5 bags per 1,000 passengers were lost, a 37.5% reduction from the previous year, according to a report by SITA, an air transport information and communication technology. By comparison, 18.9 bags were lost per passenger in 2007.

Whatever your plans, it can be important to check your airline’s checked and carry-on baggage policy before you even pack your bags, especially if you’re traveling with a low-cost carrier. Recently, Frontier Airlines announced that it had reduced the carry-on baggage weight limit from 50 pounds to 40 pounds per bag, requiring passengers to pay an additional $50 for any bags deemed too heavy upon arrival at the airport. ‘airport. And with other airlines such as JetBlue changing policies on how much baggage certain passengers can bring on a plane, being caught off guard can lead to serious last-minute charges.

But it’s not all bad news when it comes to baggage policy. Airlines such as Delta guarantee that all checked bags will be available on the carousel 20 minutes or less after your flight arrives, offering free frequent flyer miles for any delays. The carrier also provides up-to-the-minute updates on the whereabouts of your checked bags through its smartphone app.

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