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The Type of Luggage Most Likely to Be Mishandled by Baggage Handlers

by SharonKurheg

For some of us, checking a bag is part of the process of travel. Sure, some people can get all their stuff into a carry-on bag (this woman still impresses the crap out of me. How does she get so many items into such a tiny bag?). But unless it’s a very short trip, most mortals check at least one bag when we fly.

Of course, once a bag is out of our hands, we never know what kind of condition it will be in when we get it back. It could still look good. Or it might have a scrape or a ding. Or it might look like this poor guy’s bag. Or…you might not see it again for half a decade.

Let’s assume the latter two aren’t the case with your checked bags. There’s still a way to help your bag not get tossed around so much. At least according to a luggage handler named Rachel Bacha.

Bacha lives in Boise, ID and has a TikTok account where she shares various parts of her work day. Several months back, she explained why having a suitcase with 4 wheels is better than having one with 2 wheels.

She explains that, depending upon the equipment available, one handler will throw the bags into the hold area of the plane while another handler will line them all up inside, so they can fit as much in there as possible.

But to get the bags from the entry to the back, the bags will be, as Bacha says, “…Rolled. Slid. Tossed. So if your bag has 4 wheels, it’s getting rolled. If your bag has 2 wheels, it’s gonna get tossed.”

Here’s the video:


Also you can scoot around on four wheeled bags. So for that reason alone they are superior #luggagehandler #suitcaseseries #rampagent #ramprachel #traveltiktok

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A few replies to the video suggested that the wheels of 4-wheeled luggage tend to break off more easily. Someone who said they worked baggage X-ray also suggested that 4-wheelers got stuck in front of the machines sometimes. But for the most part, people (airline workers and passengers) said they preferred 4-wheeled bags to those with 2 wheels.

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Alex Ashton March 31, 2023 - 9:33 am

Most people check a bag??? I’m a Million Miler on United, with at least another million spread around other airlines, and I haven’t checked a bag on a domestic business trip EVER. Even holidays, unless there’s some sort of “gear” involved, 100% carry on. Life is too short to wait for luggage, and DEFINITELY too short to deal with lost or damaged luggage.

SharonKurheg March 31, 2023 - 9:48 am

Yes, most people check a bag. You are obviously not most people. And life is too short to worry about how little I can bring on a trip so that I don’t have to check luggage LOLOL!

William Farrell April 8, 2023 - 11:24 am

This was pretty much a waste of time and space as I was expecting some sort of breakdown on which type luggage ( soft side or hard shell) not jus a commentary on 2 wheels vs 4 wheels.

SharonKurheg April 8, 2023 - 11:50 am

It may have been a waste of time and space for you. Most of our readers don’t have many expectations of a blog post just based on the title. 😉

Joe April 8, 2023 - 11:37 am

No way would I could consider bringing a small luggage where I can pack little and bring little tiny bottles of liquids only. I need a big one to check in and hope the baggage handlers won’t mess it up and damage it.


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