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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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The Guardian

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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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 ...
 
CNNMoney
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0700

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Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:56:15 -0700

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Wall Street Journal
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:25:31 -0700

From thwarting sticky-fingered baggage screeners to spotting thieves lurking by the baggage carousel, the Transportation Security Administration is working to help combat the ongoing problem of baggage theft. WSJ's Scott McCartney discusses. Photo: Getty.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:00:13 -0700

Lee Jezard, 22, managed to sneak through the baggage carousel, evading security at Birmingham Airport, before walking across the tarmac and onto a Lufthansa plane. He was reportedly only caught after cleaning staff found him asleep in the toilet.

Atmore News

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:27:45 -0700

Almost all domestic airlines' checked bags – 99.5 percent – are picked up by their owners at the baggage carousel. Only about one-half of 1 percent don't arrive with the passengers. Five days later, 95 percent of those delayed bags find their way home.

WBNG-TV

WBNG-TV
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:56:15 -0700

The airport will see new surveillance equipment, electronic access doors and a new terminal baggage carousel, according to Hanna. Hanna said these improvements will benefit the airport over the long term. “I am pleased that Greater Binghamton received ...
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