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A single level baggage carousel at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. The baggage comes out through one of the holes in the walls and goes back in to circulate around the circle again.
Multi-level baggage carousel at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Bags are loaded into the large metal ovals through another conveyor belt chute from above.

A baggage carousel is a device, generally at an airport, that delivers checked luggage to the passengers at the baggage claim area at their final destination. Not all airports use these devices. Airports that do not have carousels generally deliver baggage by placing it on the floor or sliding it through an opening in a wall.[1]

Operation[edit]

Bags are placed by the airline employees on some type of conveyor belt out of sight of the passengers.

In a single-level system, the belt will deliver bags into the terminal from an opening in the wall. The belt generally runs along the wall for a short distance and then turns into the terminal forming a long oval that allows many passengers to access the belt. The belt continues back to the loading area through a second opening in the wall.

In a multi-level system, the bags are generally loaded from above or below the carousel and then delivered onto a moving oval-shaped carousel. It is common for this type of system to have two delivery belts, increasing the speed with which bags can be delivered to the passenger level.

There is also a variety of carousel that is a combination of the two systems. These occur mainly in Europe. Bags are loaded from an upper level and end up on a revolving oval, as is normal. However, the very back portion of the oval, in this case, runs in and out of the wall, so it can be accessed by baggage handlers.

Exceptions[edit]

As a general rule, the following types of checked baggage are not placed on a baggage carousel:

These items are delivered in many ways including:

  • Placing them on the floor
  • Delivered through a special opening
  • Picked up at the customer service office
  • Placed in special racks[2] (common in ski area destinations)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport-technology.com
  2. ^ HowStuffWorks.com. "How Baggage Handling Works: page 8, Baggage Claim". Archived from the original on 14 June 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2008. 

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:18:45 -0700

LAS VEGAS — Visitors flying into Las Vegas got more than just their luggage when they stopped by baggage claim. Cast members from Cirque du Soleil danced on the carousels, did handstands on the moving sidewalks and rode a vintage Volkswagen ...

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The Guardian
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:10:07 -0700

A drunken 22-year-old man managed to sneak aboard a plane at Birmingham airport by climbing through a baggage carousel and telling cleaners he was the co-pilot. Lee Jezard pleaded guilty on Wednesday to boarding the empty Lufthansa plane on 17 ...

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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:33:45 -0700

London (AFP) - A 22-year old man who boarded an aeroplane by climbing through a baggage carousel, evading security, cannot remember how he did it because he was too drunk at the time, a court heard on Wednesday. Lee Jezard pleaded guilty to ...
 
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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:01:21 -0700

People walk through the luggage claim area at McCarran International Airport Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Las Vegas. Last month, a Las Vegas woman had her suitcase on a Delta flight stolen last month, and theft continues to be a problem with many ...
 
Birmingham Mail
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:37:15 -0700

A hotel manager crawled through a baggage carousel and boarded a plane at Birmingham Airport in a drunken escapade which caused a security breach, a court heard. Lee Jezard, 22, had wandered drunkenly around the terminal in the early hours of July ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:38:02 -0700

The 36-year-old former Lost actress posted a video of herself posing cheekily on the baggage carousel at the airport, before giggling and jumping off. She captioned the short clip with the words: 'Get some....baggage claim.' Scroll down for video. Lost ...

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0700

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The Guardian
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:04:03 -0700

This kind of behaviour is not taken lightly by airport authorities, as British man Lee Jezard found this week when he was fined for drunkenly sneaking on board a plane at Birmingham airport after climbing through the baggage carousel in a similar fashion.
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