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1. Posted by bluefloyd8 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Ive never liked checking my pack when I travel via airplane but it is something that has to be done. Does anyone use a airplane pack cover or anything like that when try travel? Ive been getting thick bags from United Airlines to cover my pack but they still rip.

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Not sure what you mean....

Mine has a flap that you can zip up so that all the shoulder straps etc are tucked away and less likely to get caught/damaged.

Are you thinking of some kind of large strong bag? I think you can buy stuff like that specially for backpacks.

You do have to ask what those awful baggage handlers really do to your luggage though- they must throw them all over!

3. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 10y

Quoting Clarabell

You do have to ask what those awful baggage handlers really do to your luggage though- they must throw them all over!

Haha, I was a baggage handler for a few months a while back. I'll be honest, we aren't very careful with bags. But really, you can't blame them. Imagine a conveyor belt that just keeps spitting out bags and you're on a tight schedule to get them all where they need to go. There's really no time to be careful with them. Just throw them where they need to go. That being said, i always seemed to be a little exta careful with backpacks than with the expensive looking suitcases.

But the damage to the bags themselves will probably mostly come from either getting caught in the belts (with all the straps especialy), or during the unloading. This is when you suddenly get huge containers full of bags and they have to be unloaded in a few minutes. So if when you are pulling them out, they happen to get caught on something (another bag maybe), then there might be a slight ripping noise.

And another thing to note. Putting a fragile sticker on a bag does not make it any safer. This means that they come down another belt, which is usually all the way on the other side of the room. So now somebody has to drag the bag a long way. It's also more likely that the bag will get lost, as it does not come down with the rest of them for that flight.