This is What REALLY Happens to Your Luggage!

This is What REALLY Happens to Your Luggage!

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Secrets Baggage Handlers Keep Hidden From Customers

Every time you fly, you’re putting your trust in someone you’ve never met: a baggage handler. But who are they… and how much do they really care about the job at hand? Well, here are some secrets of professional baggage handlers.
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1. Theft Does Happen
Your stuff’s pretty safe when you check your bags. Usually, the worst that could happen is them not being very gentle with it. However, Miami-Dade Police Department recently set up hidden cameras to investigate luggage thefts, and caught several baggage handlers pocketing booty.

2. Which Airport Has the Most Baggage Theft Claims?
That dubious honor goes to New York’s J.F.K., followed by L.A.X and Orlando International. The problem at J.F.K. caused El Al Airlines to set up a hidden camera operation in 2013.

3. The Bag Toss Game
An anonymous baggage handler admitted that he and his coworkers had made a game of tossing the bags from the belly of the plane onto the conveyor belt. They’d throw the bags at each other as hard as they can, sometimes causing damage.

4. The Damageable Bag
One baggage handler said that the more high-end bags, like Louis Vuitton, were more prone to getting damaged. And when you consider the aforementioned bag toss game, it’s probably a good idea to look for durability when buying luggage.

5. Larger Aircraft
This is probably (maybe) a little bit daunting to the industry, but larger planes are actually loaded by machine onto the plane (which eliminates the need for “throwing” your bag).

6. The Environment
It’s a tough job. Baggage handlers have to keep their head on a swivel when they’re on the tarmac. It’s hot, there are jet engines firing, and the noise is so loud that hearing protection is an absolute must.

7. Dear Lord, the Heat
Imagine the summer, when the heat spikes and even leaving the house seems like a chore. Then, imagine that the driving heat feels closer to 120 degrees because you’re surrounded by jet engines and a sea of heat-collecting concrete. Then, imagine that on top of that, you’re crammed into the hold of a plane having to stack luggage precisely. That’s July for a baggage handler.

8. The Back Problems
Professional baggage handlers who stick with the job tend to suffer from severe joint and muscle pains and chronic back problems. And it’s no wonder, they sometimes haul as many as 125,000 bags in a single year. That’s about 340 suitcase a day!

9. More Than Just Bags
Just remember that the team on the tarmac has to handle much more than just your luggage. Most airports have a wide variety of cargo being transported; in addition, lots of baggage handlers also direct the pilots, secure the planes, and hook up any necessary cables.

10. So What’s the Pay Like?
Poor. Most airport baggage handler jobs only pay about minimum wage. What’s more, some shifts begin as early as 4 a.m. In other words, it’s a tough job… but with one pretty decent benefit. Baggage handlers fly for free!

50 Comments

  1. Marwa Rafique on August 11, 2018 at 11:39 am

    This is why you should always put lock on your bags! Once my nan sent her bag though and when is came the zip was broken and everything was just taken shown out



  2. Rosibel Rodriguez on August 11, 2018 at 11:40 am

    That’s y my bag was so ugly when I got it back.. I want to end their lives.



  3. Ayoub Lachgar on August 11, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Probably the crappy wage is the reason why they steal



  4. Dr. Yeet on August 11, 2018 at 11:42 am

    LA X in California, did u see that thing that also in GTA



  5. Intelligent Systems on August 11, 2018 at 11:43 am

    YAA!! MY FIVE OLD UNDERWEARS WERE MISSING AT AIRPORT!!



  6. LaToya Farrell on August 11, 2018 at 11:44 am

    First time I flew I had two simple xoxo bags. Got off the flight my bags went from new to scratch and nearly dismantle 😩😩



  7. Lonley Potato on August 11, 2018 at 11:44 am

    shit I’m going to jfk airlines



  8. Ayoub Lachgar on August 11, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Did you know that a baggage handler can sometimes also be a passenger who flies while other baggage handlers destroy and steal his luggage



  9. Ayoub Lachgar on August 11, 2018 at 11:45 am

    They have limited flights per year, in fact the majority get 1 free flight per year..



  10. queeny álizona on August 11, 2018 at 11:46 am

    tf suitcase is not a trash, its expensive. ugh i hate them sm



  11. Ayoub Lachgar on August 11, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Just because it’s a physically demanding job, doesn’t mean it’s okay to steal



  12. Darshit Mulani on August 11, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Always put a lock on your baggage, if you are carrying a lot of valuable first of all keep it in hand baggage otherwise most airports do provide services of wrapping your baggage for protection take it. Baggage handlers seems like go through really a tough time plus almost none of them gets any benefits like that.



  13. Aiym Samatkyzy on August 11, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Stupid baggage handlers! Stealing my things… D:<



  14. Corey Boe on August 11, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Your baggage isn’t the only thing they throw around on United airlines



  15. Chim Chim on August 11, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Thank god I watch this 4 weeks before my flight



  16. Trav Park on August 11, 2018 at 11:54 am

    this isnt the full scope of "what REALLY Happens".. was expecting more then, "this is what SOME baggage handlers do"



  17. Ultimate dab gaming And more on August 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

    A stroller and bag fell off the loading slide



  18. Tupic on August 11, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I work for SAS GH here in sweden, we do not get minimum wage, in fact the pay is pretty good. And we do not fly for free. However it is close, 90% discount on all tickets. And oh, we also get free health/life insurance 😉



  19. iiSpif Games on August 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Tarmac?!



  20. Maria Razak on August 11, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I go to JFK



  21. rar_key on August 11, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Now I’ll never take my PS4 on a flight again.



  22. Rafcio on August 11, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    thats why i always take the hand luggage



  23. Ver Bacczz on August 11, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Thats Why I Hate These Throwing Guys



  24. Zunehra A. on August 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Bloody Jeddah airport workers stole 2 of my baggages! It’s been 4 days, still haven’t arrived in my country 🙁 I had so many valuables in them. I’m in depression.



  25. tony keggin on August 11, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I agree . Ive done BH but if youre put with lazy bastards and theres 1000s of bags come your way its hard going. its great for losing weight tho. the sweat drips off you.



  26. David Marin on August 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Holy shoot!! I live in Miami-Dade and I’m flying soon 😩



  27. lipsotakis lipsi on August 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    After this video I am never Fly again



  28. Fackmylife on August 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Fly for free?? BULLSHIT!!



  29. Abbas Kanawi on August 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I know right



  30. Love_Loved Mia on August 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    My dad used to work as a luggage carrier or whatever it was and I showed him this he said I saw it happening once



  31. tsukutsuku777 on August 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    every airlines should SINCERELY cope with the problem:the luggage thrown.



  32. shadow slayer on August 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    1:15 WHAT ARE THOSEEEEEEE



  33. djinnjinnchinn on August 11, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    This is why I don’t breathe.



  34. maxi2643 on August 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Whats tje song name? I heard it in fallout shelter.



  35. Zeke33108 Godinez on August 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    My baggage on 2:00



  36. Celeana Sardothien on August 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    One year we were early at our gate and I have never seen someone throw something so rough



  37. Badassad lusifer on August 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    That worths it if they fly on Emirates



  38. Viktoria Popova on August 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    How rude to them are they actually doing that, that will be horrible if they do it



  39. OmegaWolf 5 on August 11, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    My bag was stolen



  40. Daniel Alt on August 11, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    This happens to YOUR Luggage, not mine!



  41. englishspeaku time on August 11, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Amazing I was at the LAX airport amazing also i am soon going to the Orlando airport soon

    great..,



  42. So What on August 11, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Furthermore, they steal everything !



  43. hakim farhat on August 11, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    No one obligated them to work in such jobs
    If you don’t have the patience and respect for the people who pay this service then you better go find a construction job
    I never had something stolen but damage to my bag HELL yeah
    I bought a CARPISA large bag in red color and paid 180 Euro for it then a scum when I landed in Tunisia looked like he thought it was a jump pad or something fucking people



  44. kermit the frog on August 11, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    That’s why my bag has so many scratches on it.



  45. The lord Of rainbow on August 11, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I like your voice fir unknown reasons 😂😂😂😂

    Not in a gay way



  46. queen x on August 11, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Oh so that was what happened to my brand new phone!! It was broken when I took it out of the bag. I guess they don’t really care .



  47. Intelligent Systems on August 11, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Till now my underwears are not found , I have been waiting from past two years. I purchased 12 of them for a year but left with only a couple on arrival.



  48. StarScout on August 11, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Do they think everyone lives in the USA



  49. Cookies And Cream on August 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    This literally happened to me, I put my bag on them baggage thingy 😂, and when I got it back my handle was broken tbh it was quite a cheap suitcase but STILL



  50. M K on August 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    less workers, low wages, horrible management