The Rules of Proper Baggage Claim Etiquette
Common courtesy shouldn't end when you deplane, y'all!
At this point, most people have airplane etiquette down. (Whether they choose to follow it, however, is a completely different story.)
We've talked at length about everything from the most polite way to recline your seat to making conversation with your neighbors, but we've left you woefully unprepared for navigating the hectic world of airport baggage claim. Common courtesy shouldn't end when you deplane, y'all!
Forbes recently shared a comprehensive list of ways to practice proper baggage claim etiquette that inspired us to question our own aggressive luggage-claiming tendencies. After all, good baggage claim behavior creates a more pleasant experience for every traveler and will help get you on your way faster.
Scroll down for a list of the five most important rules to follow next the time you find yourself at a baggage carousel, courtesy of Forbes:
Don't Crowd the Baggage Carousel
Standing a few feet away from the carousel allows others to easily grab their bag and leave. It also decreases your chances of getting elbowed or bumped in the knees by someone's luggage. Many airports paint a three-foot line around the perimeter to for this very reason.
Step Away to Get Situated
There's a good chance you're traveling with more bags than the ones you checked. If your bags stack or you need to condense your luggage, step away from the crowded carousel to get organized.
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Mark Your Suitcase to Prevent Confusion
Whether it's with a ribbon or a luggage tag, it's always a good idea to mark your bags to avoid grabbing the wrong one.
Keep Small Children Away from the Carousel
We get it, traveling with children is hard enough, but if you can manage to keep yours under control at the baggage claim everyone will appreciate it. Keep your kids close by your side or away from the carousel completely to make sure they don't get hurt by swinging luggage.
Help the Elderly and Others with Their Bags
Bags can be heavy. If you see someone struggling with theirs, step in and offer to help.