The not-so-friendly skies

June 6th, 2013 · 138 comments

Writes our submitter in Phoenix: “Apparently, the baggage handlers at Southwest did not appreciate my ‘love note’ baggage tag and felt the need to respond — in permanent marker.”

Quit making your bag so heavy

Adds our submitter: “In my defense, I would like to point out that my bag was 46 lb., which is still under the airline’s weight limit, and I, at 5’2″, had no trouble lifting it.”

related: If the TSA was in charge of the office fridge

FILED UNDER: airport · most popular notes of 2013 · Phoenix


138 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Frankie bang

    I’m starting to think you don’t love me as much as I love you. You need to figure out where we’re going in this relationship or else you’ll be the next one in the bag. How much do you weigh again?

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Iwill FindU

    Clearly they want you to travel with empty bags. Just for show. Although you would have lots of space for whatever you bought on your trip.

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   susnsmsh

    Maybe you should put a new tag on there that reads, “I love baggage handlers so much I keep you working. Handle THAT.”
    Maybe that’s too aggressive.

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Nunavut Guy

      One more of a thousand jobs that should not be unionized.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 10:04 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   melizer

    Southwest SUCKS

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:45 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   amazon

      On Southwest, you get what you pay for. I can handle being treated like cattle for a 1 hour flight from LA to Las Vegas for $65.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Nunavut Guy

      At “Lola’s rub and tug” it costs $350 an hour to get treated like cattle.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 10:07 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Beatus Mongous

      Moo!

      Jun 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Adina

    The baggage handlers hated me when I was going to trade shows. I would take 2 bags 50# each of our samples . I’m 5′ and I hated picking up those bags. Somehow I managed to get 4 days of my personal clothes in my backpack and purse.

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   The Elf

      I do the same, Adina. After years of motorcycle road trips, I’m the master of packing light.

      After all that practice, I can go carry-on only pretty easily. And not one of those carry-on bags that don’t really fit anywhere. I mean a backpack per person and a single totebag. The less I have to entrust to others, the better. Oh, and that includes business trips where I have to wear a suit. They have ironing boards in those rooms, and it’s well worth it not to have to check a bag.

      But anything like trade show samples or sporting gear is going to throw a wrench into the works. We recently went scuba diving in the Carribean. We prefer to bring our own gear for a laundry list of reasons. You can’t fit two people’s gear in a carry-on! That required a huge suitcase that weighed 49lbs. No joke – 49. Just squeaked it in!

      Anyway, it was lost/stolen on the return trip. $3000 worth of scuba gear gone in a flash, thank you Air Tran (now part of Southwest). Apparently, they didn’t have a bar code tracking system in place even though the luggage tags have bar codes, so there was no way to know what went wrong or where it ended up. I’d put good money on being stolen by the luggage handlers there, since diving is a very big business and second-hand scuba gear would sell very well. There was absolutely zero accountability, which is a damn poor way to run a business, if you ask me. For the record, Air Tran did eventually pay me for the loss.

      A bit of advice to anyone who has to check luggage: Photograph it first. Take pictures of the bag, take pictures of the things in the bags. The only reason I was able to be reimbursed was because I was able to prove with before-loss dated photographs, some owner’s manuals, and some receipts that I actually owned all these things. I think it helped that the photos were in tropical underwater – it’s a little hard to fake that locally!

      Jun 7, 2013 at 6:59 am   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   The Elf

      Here’s a packing-light pro-tip: Roll your clothes. They fit in a smaller space and wrinkle less.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 7:05 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   Beatus Mongous

      ^ That’s packing small, not packing light. And that’s what I do.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   Beatus Mongous

      Hmm… Sounds a little wrong, there…

      Jun 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   Raichu

      I never thought about doing that, Elf. I’ll have to try it. Thanks!

      Jun 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   Poltergeist

      Packing small is nothing to be ashamed of Beatus. When you pack excessively large like me, it’s a real pain to lug around and it just ends up getting in the way.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.7   Beatus Mongous

      ^ Finally someone with the balls to pick up and run with the joke.

      Jun 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   SeeYouInTea

    Wow. What an asshole. I would report this because there’s no telling what else they do behind the scenes.

    My brother used to work for the TSA and he has horrible stories about some of the baggage handlers doing things to people’s luggage. Especially theft.

    Jun 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   pooham

      I think it’s funny. I’d laugh my ass off if this happened to me and proudly display the tag.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Rory

      Do tell. I love horrible stories. (Plus I’m flying on Monday, I want to know how to prepare myself. ‘xD)

      Jun 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   A baggage handler

    I guess you don’t consider we put on over a hundred of those bags “You had no trouble lifting” a flight.

    Jun 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Duh

      Have you considered a job where you don’t lift heavy things if you can’t handle lifting heavy things?

      Jun 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm   rating: 176  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Jessi

      I know, right? I mean, I’m a dog trainer. Nothing pisses me off more than all of these people bringing their dogs to me to train. It’s not like that was clearly stated in the job description and I get paid to do it or anything!

      Jun 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm   rating: 123  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   JustPaula

      Seriously? I remember back when I worked in a credit card call center. NOTHING irked me more than when the phone rang and I had to answer it. Can you believe that would happen to me over 150 times a day? Oh. Right. That was my JOB.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 12:27 am   rating: 66  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   hitlerwasright

      Yah, seriously. I worked at the coal ovens at the processing camp and they were constantly bringing me dead jews to burn, what a pain in the ass

      Jun 7, 2013 at 2:39 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.5   The Elf

      I have sympathy, but this is one of those things that come with the job. If the bag is under the airline’s limits, don’t get all PA just because you have a hundred of them that are just-barely-under.

      Think of it this way: if airlines didn’t have bag fees or limits on the number of bags, people might be more inclined to spread the load to two easier-to-lift bags.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 7:02 am   rating: 66  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.6   My name is Princess!

      Perhaps you should start thinking of your job as a free weight lifting program? I’m not saying that 46 pounds is not heavy after 100x but we need the things in those bags. (Or we would not have packed them.)

      Jun 7, 2013 at 8:49 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.7   Tom

      I think it was mostly the sheer thoughtlessness of the original poster in this case. I certainly thought, “Oh sure, you can lift your one bag easily. Good for you. But can you lift hundreds of those bags all day, every day easily? Yeah, thought so. Not so easy. Feel free to trade places with the bag handler and brag some more about how easy it is to lift.” Obviously the OP never thought about that and that rankles me.

      That being said, it’s their job description to lift all those bags. There is always “get another job if you can’t handle it!” but in this economy, who knows. Maybe they’ve been looking to move on for two months because they’ve developed a bad back, but nobody else will take them on yet.

      Aw hell, the bag handler defaced property, I can’t really put my heart in his/her defense at all. They’re just a sucky worker.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 9:35 am   rating: 33  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.8   Lil'

      True story. I went to a local deli for one of their incredible philly cheese steaks. When I ordered, the deli worker snapped at me and said, “Can’t you order something else?! I’m tired of making phillies!” After an awkward silence I said “No.” He mumbled something and went over to the grill which thankfully was in clear view. I hate to think what he would have done to it otherwise. It was only around noon, so how could he have possibly made enough phillies that day to reach that point of annoyance? As he handed me my order, he asked the person behind me, “What are you having?” The new customer, who did not witness our exchange, replied, “A philly.”

      Jun 7, 2013 at 10:26 am   rating: 83  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.9   Beatus Mongous

      ^ I would have said, “Sure, but not from here,” and walked out. It’s not your fault he makes good Phillies, but it IS his fault he snapped at you. That’s just bad customer service, and deserves to be rewarded with fewer customers. I’m sure the next cook would be happy to make you a Philly and take your money for it.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 2:39 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.10   Raichu

      Really Tom? How was OP thoughtless? They were even expressing that they were grateful for the baggage handlers’ work and they did not deserve a snide response.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.11   Rory

      The fact that you do it so much should just mean it’s easier for you than for someone who doesn’t lift that much weight as often… fifty pounds isn’t heavy at all, I get why doing it over and over would be exhausting, but it should build endurance… I’m actually kind of jealous that you have a job that builds muscle; I wish I did.

      Unless you have a bad back or something, I mean.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.12   Nicki

      Y’know, I really do feel for this person.

      Every day I have to review documents that I swear were either written by a five-year-old or someone who never passed third grade. In some cases, they have no concept of punctuation, spelling, or even a modicum of plot and substance—-and in worse, they border on illegality, or their gross endorsement of illegal acts makes me wonder whether the author of said document has ever been to prison (or should go back).

      I have to read ALL of them, all the way THROUGH them, and red/yellow/green them based on their severe lack of content or rare “good” content that makes them redeemable. (Green is a rare color.) I keep a bottle of Pepto by my desk because some of these documents make my stomach *churn*.

      But, well, I’m an editor. And I still have to do it because that’s where my paychecks come from, and because the facility I work for is greatly understaffed in their editing department.

      And so, my good man/woman/freemartin, if you work there, lifting heavy things is your duty, and discomfort is your risk. Tolerate it or leave…we will not miss you when you go.

      Side note: Hail Ford.

      Oct 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Ermengarde bang

    First instinct is “homophobic crank of a baggage handler”.

    Jun 6, 2013 at 10:33 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Nola

      You have bad instincts, I’d be careful if I were you.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 5:59 am   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   Ermengarde bang

      Why? Are you the baggage handler?

      Jun 7, 2013 at 10:50 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   FeRD bang

      I dunno, I’m not the baggage handler (either) and I’m with Nola. Your instincts are bad — mostly because they’re basing conclusions on, well, nothing.

      Homophobia? Where’d you get that from? Do you know something we don’t about the gender of the submitter? The gender of the baggage handler?

      And then there’s the fact that most baggage handlers don’t ever see the passenger, who exists in their reality only as a collection of luggage. I’m sure there are people who are intolerant of certain expressions of luggage love, but I have a feeling it’s pretty rare. (And unlikely you’ll find them working as baggage handlers, one would hope!)

      Jun 8, 2013 at 1:25 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   Beatus Mongous

      ^ It probably has something to do with the rainbow colored strap. In the US, a rainbow colored item like that is a symbol of the homosexual community.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 2:43 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   Raichu

      Not always. Some people just like rainbows.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   doodleysquat

      …and unicorns. Gay unicorns.

      Jun 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.7   FeRD bang

      Yeah, those rainbow luggage straps are even more common than us homosexuals… and we’re frickin’ everywhere. It’s a terrible leap to make, based on nothing. (And the idea that scribbling “stop making your bag so heavy” on a piece of luggage is how someone would choose to express their homophobia… SRSLY?)

      Jun 12, 2013 at 1:47 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.8   clarf

      I am a hetero lady with a big ole rainbow strap that goes all the way across my luggage. I’ve had it since the 80s. Well, I had it. The last trip I took, it disappeared. I guess I got the homophobic handler, too? My bag WAS over the weight limit… A conspiracy theory is forming…

      Jun 15, 2013 at 11:59 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Deb

    That wouldn’t be the first time someone’s baggage was too much for the other person to handle.

    Jun 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm   rating: 75  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Rene

      Baddum tsss!

      Jun 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   shwo! bang

    That’s no bag. That’s my wife!

    Jun 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Frankie bang

      I thought about making that same joke at first. ;)

      Jun 6, 2013 at 11:33 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   nunavut guy

      Take my bag……please!

      Da Dum Dum.

      Jun 9, 2013 at 7:42 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   insideoutsider

    I suppose it’s nothing new, but people do bring way too much crap with them these days. And it’s not just on airplanes – it’s on trains, on buses, on boats, and in their own cars. Seriously, you don’t need to bring ten separate pairs of footwear with you.

    Jun 6, 2013 at 11:23 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   shwo! bang

      What if I have ten separate pairs of feet? What if I’m a centipede? Or a millipede? Don’t you oppress me.

      Jun 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm   rating: 89  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   kermit

      It’s entirely irrelevant whether it’s too much stuff or not. People pay extra for that luggage and are entitled to fill it to the maximum allowable weight if they so damn well please.

      Jun 6, 2013 at 11:59 pm   rating: 80  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   L

      Sneakers for when you run, flip-flops for the shower in the hotel so you don’t get weird foot fungas, shoes for the wedding that your sister picked out that pinch your feet but you have to wear because she wore that dress in the 80s when you got married, cute comfortable flats to change into at the wedding, practical flats for walking around sight-seeing, heels that you like for when you go out or the rehearsel dinner because none of your flats match the dress you’re wearing that’s your only dress that’s appropriate.

      I’m up to 6, anyone else wanna play? XD

      Jun 7, 2013 at 3:07 am   rating: 68  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.4   The Elf

      Well, I recognize that I’m a fairly unusual woman when it comes to clothes, but here goes:

      1) The sneakers or comfy sandals I’m wearing to the airport. Easy to take on and off, easy to walk in, easy to wear for hours on end.
      2) Basic black ballet flats for all dress-up occassions. They go with everything.

      The special heels and dress for the wedding were shipped to the hotel/relative’s house last week.

      I’m down to 2, anyone else wanna play? This is how you pack lightly, folks.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 7:11 am   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.5   H for Toy

      I think you got it covered, unless you feel you might need your slippers for any reason.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 7:13 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.6   H for Toy

      While I wish I could get away with ballet flats for all occasions, they hurt my back more quickly than heels, and make my legs look awful. I do like the idea of shipping the pinchy shoes, though. I could probably survive with packing 3 pairs of shoes.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 7:41 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.7   Rattus

      I don’t fly, but on our road trips i bring: one pair of Crocs (don’t hate) for comfortable walking; and one pair of Fitflop sandals for comfortable walking to nicer places and/or bars in the evening. If I think there may be hiking involved on the vacation I also bring along a pair of Keen hiking sandals.

      So, two pairs with an infrequent potential for a third.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 10:14 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.8   The Elf

      Feel free to sub in there whatever shoes are your go-tos for nights out that are also comfy, H for Toy. The point is that there’s usually one pair of shoes that every woman owns that pretty much goes with everything (and if not, buy that pair). Typically, they’re black or another nuetral color. I like ballet flats because I like minimalist shoes, and because they take up very little space in the bag. But feel free to go for loafers, flats, low heels, strappy sandals, etc. The point is: 1 pair. One.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 11:09 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.9   DeejaeWillow

      I went to a wedding recently with my sister. We drove, along with our cousins. Our mother went earlier in the week and took our wedding clothes, shoes, and jewelry with her. So I packed nice, casual clothing to wear since it was by a beach and California can be fucking hot. We had the trunk neatly packed with wedding gifts. Since the car was an SUV, no one had to hold anything and there was plenty of room.
      I had a small bag with enough clothes for a week.
      My sister on the other hand brought out two suitcases, one for clothes, the other just for shoes. She also thought we should make other people hold things on their laps for eight hours so she could bring half her closet. I went back inside with her and repacked her suitcase FOR her, while she yelled about not being able to bring half her closet. She had 10 pairs of heels, 4 pairs of sandles, 5 pairs of sneakers.
      I will never understand the need for most women to bring a whole closet full of clothes and then get upset because no one wants to carry it for them.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 11:49 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.10   The Elf

      It’s her royal highness’s matched luggage!

      Jun 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.11   AP

      You don’t know why people are bringing “so much stuff” on their flight, either.

      My husband and I just moved across the country. Most of our stuff went into shipping crates, but everything we needed for two weeks, plus anything expensive, electronic, or irreplaceable, had to come on the plane with us.

      It was fun going through security behind us, I’m sure.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.12   kazari

      Ha, after traveling and living internationally for several years, I quickly learned to travel light, because they allow up to TWO bags of up to 50lbs each, and guess who has to lug it through the airport, into a cab, up many flights of stairs, etc etc?

      As for shoes, I bring: 1 pair flats (they are comfy, and store flat, so save space) and one pair of ‘nicer’ shoes for special occasions. If you’re sightseeing I suggest getting the ergonomic flats like Clark’s. If you’re a guy, then 1 pair sneakers, and 1 pair flipflops (for schlepping in and out of hotel rooms and etc without having to tie shoelaces all the time) and MAYBE 1 pair nicer shoes if you think you’ll have the occasion.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.13   SeeYouInTea

      I was the girl that brought about 30 pairs of shoes with to my first semester of college. If I am staying a week and a relative’s house, I will probably bring at least 4 pairs of shoes.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.14   FeRD bang

      I can understand how someone could easily need four pairs of shoes for a week-long trip, even though I’m the sort of person who only ever owns one pair of shoes. A lot of different things can happen in a week.

      But there really shouldn’t be much growth beyond that. Shoes are reusable, after all. If you’re going for two weeks, or three, maybe you’d want to bring a fifth pair, to cover some additional activities/scenarios. Heck, throw in a sixth, even! I can accept the rationale behind that.

      But “needing” more options than that is nothing but decision-avoidance: Someone who doesn’t want to do the work of planning up front for what they need in order to be covered while on the trip, so they bring along every possible choice and defer selection as long as possible. Adding burden and complications to the travel process, just to be able to waste time with decisions that should have been made in advance isn’t “smart packing” (as some people tell themselves, when they’re bringing every possible choice) — it’s pathological. As is spending one’s vacation making wardrobe selections, instead of vacationing.

      …And thirty pairs? Nobody needs 30 pairs of shoes, period. :-P

      Jun 8, 2013 at 1:43 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.15   nunavut guy

      FYI girls we are not looking at your feet.

      Jun 9, 2013 at 7:47 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.16   The Elf

      We don’t dress for *you*. Guys would be just as happy if we showed up wearing any old thing, so long as it came off.

      Shoes are for ourselves, and for all the other women who ARE looking at our feet. It’s just that some of us (me) don’t care.

      Jun 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.17   a-Arialist

      As The Elf says, some of us just like shoes because *we* like shoes. I have about 50 pairs of shoes and they’re for me, not a bloke. Some of them are too pretty even to wear so they sit decoratively on a shelf.

      Having said that, *you* might not be interested in what shoes a girl is wearing, but I know a surprising number of men who are (and not foot fetishists, either).

      Jun 10, 2013 at 3:32 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.18   Beatus Mongous

      I’ve always been good at packing light. I plan my activities, and pack appropriate clothing and footwear that can meet the requirements for multiple activities, minimizing the need to pack for every scenario. Generally, I limit my clothing to one-per-day plus one for extra (in case something goes wrong). Anything longer than 7 days, and I only pack 8 outfits, and plan time for clothes washing. As far as shoes, I try to limit to one pair, possibly two if I need dress shoes.

      My wife used to pack a ton of stuff. While I’d have one suitcase, she’d have two, plus a shoe bag, a bathroom bag, and a snack bag. I taught her my method, and now she uses one suitcase, her photography bag, and some snacks (she wasn’t a photographer until after we got married).

      My mom and her mom, however, can’t seem to bring enough stuff on trips. It drives me nuts. My mom will bring two suitcases, a shoe bag, a makeup bag, another bag for more clothes, a hair products bag, her huge purse, and she buys snacks on the way. That’s for a weekend trip. A whole week, and she takes part of our suitcases, too, and she always forgets stuff.

      My mother-in-law will put a huge suitcase by the door, and tell me to take it to the car. I ask if there’s more, and she says, “Oh, just one more.” When I return, there will be about 10 grocery bags filled with all kinds of odd items that didn’t fit in the suitcase. Once I return from taking those to the car, there will be two or three black trash bags filled with clothes. Then, I’ll come back, and there will be between 10 to 20 shoe boxes, some of which have two pair of shoes in them. After that, I will have to take one or two cardboard boxes with more stuff in them. I might just get a rooftop cargo box just for her, and let her pack that. The thing that bothers me more than the amount of stuff is that it’s in bags that cannot be stacked, making it extremely difficult to pack in my minivan properly. The good thing about the amount of stuff she takes is that it usually doesn’t come back. She takes it and gives it away to family and friends, and sometimes sells stuff.

      Jun 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.19   FeRD bang

      That’s where the only sensible action is to take a page from Lone Starr and his trusty Mawg companion, Barf.

      Tell her, “You want this [crap]? You load it into the car!

      Jun 12, 2013 at 1:52 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.20   Rattus

      My husband and I share one bag. And it’s a small one. And it’s never a problem.

      Jun 12, 2013 at 11:06 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Mishee™ bang

    Wik

    Jun 6, 2013 at 11:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Beatus Mongous

      Alsø wîk.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 2:46 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   The Elf

      Wi nøt trei a høliday in Sweden this yër?

      Jun 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   Beatus Mongous

      A Møøse once bit my sister …

      Jun 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   Beatus Mongous

      No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge – her brother-in-law – an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: “The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist”, “Fillings of Passion”, “The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink”.

      Jun 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.5   The Elf

      We apologize for the fault in the comments section. Those responsible have been sacked.

      Jun 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   kate

    Just to point out that you, at 5’2″, had lifted ONE bag that whole trip whereas 8 hours of near 50lb anythings is actually a hard thing to do. Those bag fees sure fuck with baggage handlers since people are either now too cheap or broke to just spread the load out.

    Jun 7, 2013 at 12:43 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Djagir

      You’re right; that DOES give them the right to deface personal property that they’re paid to handle. I totally missed that.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 1:44 am   rating: 120  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Nola

      I agree with kate. They didn’t deface ‘personal property’, they wrote on the tag/note that was directed at them. I understand this perfectly. It is a tough job they do, and I don’t suppose they very much like it, but they carry on lifting heavy luggage, but seeing this kind of idiotic note would make me see red as well. In my opinion it is also very disrespectful, the tag user is clearly clueless. It is like making fun of them: ‘I LOVE that you bend your back & carry my heavy luggage’ (46lb is heavy to lift btw). The tag user didn’t mean it this way, but ignorance is never rewarded. Team luggage handlers.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 5:29 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   bunny

      You know that tag was brought with the OPs money, right? Therefore, belonging to the OP. Which means it is personal property, and they defaced it.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 6:02 am   rating: 82  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   kermit

      Sorry, Kate. Nobody is saying that being a baggage handler is the most awesome and best paid job ever.

      But just because it’s a crummy job doesn’t give those employees the right to deface and/or steal people’s belongings.

      Do minimum wage restaurant employees get to spit in your food just because they get paid minimum wage and have a crummy job? No.

      Do stewardesses – who are paid significantly less than baggage handlers and have no unions – get to defile the food and drink they serve you on the plane? Do they get to call security on you for no reason? No. See how that works?

      Jun 7, 2013 at 6:47 am   rating: 67  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.5   misspiggy

      Why is it ignorant or mean to express appreciation of people doing a difficult job? If weight limits are set by the airline it’s reasonable for passengers to assume they can pack within those limits. Team Note Writer.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 6:47 am   rating: 61  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.6   Nola

      They didn’t deface the property, the real property is absolutely untouched e.g. luggage shell, handles, actual things inside etc. They simply replied to an obnoxious message from a clueless person (it would be exactly the same if it was a paper note they had written back on (technically also a ‘property’ as acquired with money)). Replying to someone’s message is not the same as spitting in their food, as it does not interfere with the received service.

      To say the least, it is offensive to say I LOVE someone’s job, when that job is there to serve you and does not carry any prestige. It’s like saying – I LOVE shoeshiners, I LOVE butlers, I LOVE doormen. It is absolutely not the same as saying I LOVE doctors or I LOVE teachers, because the latter are actually professions and carry the subsequent status with them.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 7:18 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.7   kermit

      Nola, I think you may be stuck in the herpes fridge with Mr. Pepito. Nothing of what you’ve said above makes any sense.

      Did the owner of the luggage purchase that luggage tag? Yes. Does the luggage tag belong to person who paid for it? Yes. Then it’s very much their real property and not the property of the baggage handler. And last time we checked, defacing property that’s not yours is not a nice (or very legal) thing to do.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 9:25 am   rating: 68  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.8   H for Toy

      While I agree that defacing someone else’s property is wrong, I can just picture the baggage handler’s reaction when they see this tag on the 562nd bag they’ve handled that day; ” f*** you. If you really loved baggage handlers, there would’ve been a $50 taped to your note.”

      Jun 7, 2013 at 9:55 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.9   kermit

      Meh, in the hierarchy of sympathy, stewardesses and stewards get more sympathy from me than baggage handlers. At most airports, they’re unionized and get paid significantly more than flight attendants (who make ~ $1100/month or just above minimum wage). Flight attendants aren’t unionized, also have to help people with their luggage, deal with drunk/creepy passengers and risk dying if the plane goes down.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 10:56 am   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.10   DeejaeWillow

      There is a huge difference between a note (given to someone) and a tag used to adorn the suitcase.
      They had no right to write on her property, especially when they were told what their job would entail.
      Yes, it sucks that they have to lift suitcases all day. It sucks that they are not getting the wages they want. Yeah, it sucks that they likely are treated as help.
      But they have a right to leave that job and seek employment somewhere else. If they hate it so much, no one is forcing them to remain as a baggage worker.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.11   Djagir

      Maybe the baggage handlers should just assume that the TSA nabbed the $50 that was taped to the tag before the handlers got it. (Am I going to get razzed by “Team TSA” now?)

      Jun 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.12   BDC

      It says in the submitter’s note that it’s a “‘love note’ baggage tag.” So it’s not just some worthless thing bought to either suck up to or annoy the baggage handlers, it has a function. Baggage tags are basically the only way you can really 100% guarantee that the luggage you grabbed is really yours, even if you did tie a ribbon to the handle or buy an unusual suitcase. When I went off to school (a residental high school that closed once a month so we all HAD to go home, and be out two hours after classes ended) my grandparents bought me the loudest, most oddly patterned suitcase (well, more like a really sturdy duffel bag, but still) they could find so it would stand out during the mad rush to leave on those weekends. About 20 minutes into moving in, I discovered that the girl three rooms up had the same bag. Therefore, the only way we could tell them apart on those first few frantic rush-out weekends when we’d both leave our bags in the dorm lobby was to unzip a side pocket and play “Are those my shoes?” She eventually bought us both a tag, in different neon colors, so we could spot them at a distance (in the dark. With blindfolds on. But it was a convenient tag.)

      … Sometimes brightly colored, weirdly shaped, or otherwise odd baggage tags exist for a reason, is my point here. That bag is a common color and style, and a rainbow belt or ribbon on a bag is actually not all that uncommon, either. Maybe the submitter was just trying to make bag-spotting easier. I know I’ve never seen a tag like that.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.13   FeRD bang

      Wow, thank you, BDC! Before your incredibly detailed explanation, I’m sure I was not the only one who had absolutely no understanding of what luggage tags are and why one would use them!

      (…Yes, that was sarcasm. Which is a rhetorical device, used to expr— you know what? You’ll figure it out.)

      Jun 8, 2013 at 1:48 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.14   Raichu

      Wow, how is there a dispute about who the tag belonged to? It belonged to OP.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.15   BDC

      FeRD, there were people saying the baggage carrier had the right to deface the tag because it was directed specifically to them, and that it was the same as writing back on a note taped to the bag. I wasn’t explaining what a baggage tag is, just stating that the thing in question WAS a baggage tag and therefore NOT just there for the handlers, in case they missed it on their first read through. (Like I did.) And then I was saying that it’s been my personal experience that obnoxious baggage tags are the most convenient kind. Mine was obnoxious so I didn’t wind up at home for three days with nothing but clothes that didn’t fit and my floormate’s Doral Lights, and it’s entirely possible that the submitter’s was obnoxious to make it easier to spot, rather than the giant “Eff you” to baggage carriers some people seemed to think it was. (Not that I actually think the tag is all that bad, but some people do, apparently.)

      Also, in my first comment, I meant to say “DISTINCT baggage tags are basically the only way…” but left out that first word. Sorry if that massively changed how my comment came across.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.16   Poltergeist

      You’re absolutely right Nola. It would have been better if the tag had said, “Holy shit you’ve got a fucking terrible job. Glad I’m not you.”

      Jun 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.17   kate

      I love that so many people clearly saw some magic invisible writing that said I think she deserved the defacing. I just pointed out that the OP said something incredibly vacuous about how one bag is not that heavy since she managed to lift it. Reading is fundamental people. Nowhere did I say that means she deserved scrawling on her luggage tag or that it was ok. I pointed out her response of “I had no trouble lifting it” was thoughtless.

      Jun 10, 2013 at 2:39 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.18   AMgirl

      “To say the least, it is offensive to say I LOVE someone’s job, when that job is there to serve you and does not carry any prestige. It’s like saying – I LOVE shoeshiners, I LOVE butlers, I LOVE doormen. It is absolutely not the same as saying I LOVE doctors or I LOVE teachers, because the latter are actually professions and carry the subsequent status with them.”

      So wait, doormen and shoeshiners Don’t deserve the same respect for their jobs as doctors? Sorry but I call BS on that. If someone works hard and takes pride in their job then that’s what matters. Just because it isn’t a more prestigious career doesn’t mean they deserve any less respect or appreciation than anyone else.

      I don’t have one, but I love doormen, they open doors and keep an eye out for who’s coming and going, and are usually rather friendly, even if it’s just because they’re paid to be. I don’t see anything wrong with being appreciative of someone else’s hard work, whatever form it take.

      Aug 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.19   Nicki

      AMgirl, thank you. :D You’re the type who makes a thankless job worthwhile.

      Being an editor gets me crying/sobbing/incoherently devastated phone calls, as well as “anonymous” certified mail from people who don’t realize I still have their submission envelope, drawings in crayon from a parent’s “very unhapy[sic]” child–who probably has no idea what’s going on–and in bad cases, death threats that make my boss contact the authorities. :(

      Though those notes *do* get me about a week off when they happen, if the person knows any identifiable information such as what floor of the building I work on, or which subway train I take.

      Yes, there have been cases of that…some people are not only *not* meant to be authors, but they are also not meant to live without a SCRAM around their ankle.

      Oct 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   D

    Honey, I hate to be the one to break it to you. But, he’s just not that into you.

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:04 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   jj

    I am so glad I never use the airlines.
    Too bad about this handler, needs to seek
    employment elsewhere, obviously.

    Jun 7, 2013 at 8:38 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Ely North

    Did she pick up her bag at the baggage claim to find that it smelled like urine and feces? No? Then what’s there to complain about? A rude note on a tag? Things could be a lot worse.

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:44 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   meeee

      Fuck you.

      No biggie, right?

      Jun 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Raichu

      lol, “since I didn’t piss all over your stuff, you should be grateful that I only wrote on it with permanent marker”

      Give me a break, property defacement is property defacement.

      Jun 10, 2013 at 10:09 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   doodleysquat

      Yeah, instead of permanent marker, it could have been written in poo.

      Jun 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Laura

    “Waaaah. I have a job and get paid and must complain about it … when I’m not rifling through and stealing things from the luggage I’m handling.”

    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:59 am   rating: 39  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Tard

    Nothing sadder than a loser whining that their job is “Just Too HARD!” Waaaaaaa!!!

    Jun 7, 2013 at 11:07 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Nicki

      I know. I actually *like* my job…it pays well. :)

      Oct 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Ann

    I guess the baggage handler couldn’t help but respond. Ironic tag is ironic, and all that. Also, it’s probably a little condescending–like, “I’m putting on this tag to kiss arse because I honestly suspect you’re going to wreck my stuff if I don’t!”

    Jun 7, 2013 at 11:45 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   DeejaeWillow

    That sort of behavior is what loses you a job.

    Jun 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   pooham

    At least she checked her bag rather bringing a bunch of carrion on board.

    Jun 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Ermengarde bang

      But of corpse the roadkill smell alarmed the baggage handlers, and nearly decayed the flight.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Nikki

    Baggage handlers, PLEASE.

    Back in my day of baggage handling, the free allowance was two bags at 70 lbs each. Free. And we certainly didn’t have the time to write on people’s bag tags, nor the inclination. Change your perspective or change your job. I took the perspective of how awesome it was to get paid to work out while other people were paying to work out.

    If you’re too delicate for the job, go work at the ticket counter. Wait, you’re probably too delicate for that, too. Life’s tough. Suck it up.

    Jun 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm   rating: 60  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   DeejaeWillow

      You must have been in great shape.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   AS

      But back in those days there were also fewer flights and everyone arrived 3 hours early at the airport.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 10:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   AS

    Hey Mr. baggage handler! Here’s my bag, stuffed to the uppermost allowable limit! It needs a belt to hold it together! Love ya! *blows kisses*

    One could almost think the original tag is a tad mocking? Maybe even, dare I say it, passive aggressive?

    Jun 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   meeee

      Irrelevant. I don’t care if the tag said “Suck my dick.” It is not your property to deface or steal. Bitch about it to your coworkers (who will understand your gripe more?) but leave it at that. If you need this job, you need to learn to suck it up. You will deal with FAR worse than an obnoxious luggage tag.

      Not to mention, taking it as mocking or rude is incredibly subjective and I’m certain it was intended as an acknowledgement of those working hard behind the scenes. Taking it offensively may be a symptom of a stick deeply embedded in your ass.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm   rating: 39  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Iwill FindU

      Then just steal the tag if it offends you that much. I mean little crap like that gets lost in the airport all the freaking time. I doubt the OP would have given it a 2nd thought if it had simply gone “missing” during transport.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   PinkPlaidRibbon

      I think that’s their point. If it had just gone missing, she wouldn’t think twice about it. By writing a snarky note back, they were probably hoping she would realize how mocking/obnoxious the tag is.

      Right or wrong, I’m kind of on their side too.

      Jul 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Jo

    Don’t they have any kind of ramp or rollers to help pull the bags up?

    Jun 8, 2013 at 7:22 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   kermit

      I think it depends on the airport. I assume most have conveyor belts to help out. But the baggage handlers still have to lift the bags off/on the mini truck that takes the bags to/from the plane.

      Jun 9, 2013 at 8:01 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   Gary

    Team bag handler here: I think he was just showing a sense of humor (or humour if it was an international flight). It would have been a touch better if he had added a ‘then’ to the front of the message as in: “then quit making your bag so heavy” followed by a smilie.

    Jun 9, 2013 at 8:37 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Dingbat

    The whole baggage thing on airplanes is crazy these days.

    When the airlines started charging a fee for checking even one bag, they were in effect discouraging it. If I were a baggage handler, I would be upset with my employer. They’re discouraging people from checking bags, and if people don’t check bags, I might not have a job. (I realize airlines also move some freight)

    When the airline charges for one bag, with an even HIGHER fee for a bag over 50 lbs, they are encouraging you to check a bag of 49 lbs. Hey, if I have to pay for over 50, I will pack 49 if I need to. Mind you, not if I don’t need to, but I paid for it. If I could check two smaller bags for free, I would do it because it’s more convenient. But it’s not my fault the airline structured its fees this way. And if I work with the fee structure to minimize my expense, that’s just basic economics. The airlines had to know it would work this way.

    TL;DR: baggage handlers, blame the airline, not the people who use your services and keep you employed.

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:04 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Juniper

    Sorry – I’m kind of with the baggage handlers here. That tag is the luggage equivalent of those stupid ‘baby on board’ stickers. It’s just a blatant attempt to garner different from the norm treatment for no real reason. I bet they tossed that sucker around like a ping pong.

    Jun 10, 2013 at 7:22 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   redheadwglasses

    I don’t know why so many people are saying that flight attendants are unionized. THEY ARE.

    It’s simple to google, folks. Try it before making easily disproven statements of fact.

    Jun 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Beatus Mongous

      Sorry, Red, but one guy is “so many people?”

      Jun 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   Phoenix

    Kate- people think you are against the OP and pro-handler because you keep insisting it was a vacuous statement that a bag can’t be that heavy if a small woman can lift it.

    Whether a small lady can lift something is actually a relevant test of it something is heavy…especially as compared to someone who’s job is to lift heavy things all day. The point of that statement is that her bag was not extraordinarily heavy, and was well within what should be normal for the baggage handlers working conditions.

    You read a whole lot of assumption and gave out a whole lot of hate based on someone using a useful frame of reference to make a point, instead of using an actual weight in kg. So chill the hell out and stop complaining that people are misreading you. You were being judgmental for no reason, and people called you on it. Maybe you should think through your own though process before you post, and people won’t misunderstand your obnoxious attempt at a point.

    Jun 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   kate

    @Phoenix – “keep insisting”… well… since so many people actually attributed things to me that weren’t there after one comment I really didn’t keep insisting anything when all those comments popped up. “Keep insisting” implies multiple mentions of which there was one before the pile on and not even using the word vacuous yet.

    Nowhere have I said that it’s ok to deface someone else’s stuff. And nothing about any reply to me, including yours, has made her statement less stupid about that bag being not that heavy. That’s like someone punching you in the arm and then going oh come on it couldn’t hurt THAT MUCH because it didn’t hurt them. That kind of statement is vacuous.

    I also find it totes hilarious that I read a whole lot of assumption into anything after being told that I invisibly wrote that it’s ok to write on other people’s stuff. After rebutting one thing. That said nothing about defacing personal property. Or disputing whose property that was. OR like literally any other accusation brought up in the however many comments below mine. Double hilarity, I made no assumptions, I made a sarcastic remark about magic invisible writing and then explained my own statements further while rebutting the verbatim statements of others. SO not sure where “hate” comes in either my first comment or the reply or even this one, but if you think it’s hateful I can’t stop you from making baseless inferences. I’m not really fired up about this either so… yeah! This was like pointing out the sky is blue and having it upset someone.

    Also what do kilograms have to do with anything? Something about a point? What was your point in mentioning kilos? Is it better as 20 kilos? Is there a new thing in physics where metric makes things lighter? Whether a small lady can lift something is not a relevant test for anything because you’re assuming weakness is based on height and weight rather than, you know, muscle strength and endurance.

    Jun 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   ano

    aaw OP I’m sorry those baggage handlers wrote on your tag. I’d be so pissed/upset if someone vandalised my tags. Even if it did make a handler see red, they had NO RIGHT to vandalise your tag in return. NONE at all.

    Especially since you were under the weight limit (and you have to pay extra if you go over anyway >:( )

    Team OP because those Baggage Handlers were assholes

    Jun 11, 2013 at 9:25 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   A baggage handler

    I’m a baggage handler. I don’t get benefits. There is no union. I work for a contractor that was hired strictly to replace unionized baggage handlers. I don’t even want my family to know what I do, because they’ll think I’m an idiot or washed up drug addict.

    I’ve seen these little tags that are supposed to be cute or something. You don’t love baggage handlers. You see baggage handlers, and your sphincter instinctively shuts and your blood pressure skyrockets. We are social status poison to you. We’re dirty, sweaty from working 8 hours of 11 hour shifts without a lunch break in the rain, snow, or sleet near deafening jet engines and risking injury in too many ways to count. And then when we go up to the concourse to get a coffee from the Starbucks (tugging our forelocks at the generosity of the traveling class in allowing us to line up in their queues), we’re still met with disgusted stares. We’re all stealing your stuff. We’re rich and unionized, we don’t gently, lovingly secure your precious bags with affection and we also cause your delays. We probably cause those delays comparing either our massive paychecks or the rich plunder we’ve stolen from your bags. It sure isn’t because we’ll often have to load 8000 pounds of cargo and 120 bags in under 30 minutes while having to perform extra services related to the safety of your flight.

    The I love baggage handlers tag is the passive aggressive bullshit in this case. You just think they’re stupid enough to believe that crap, it’s insulting. If you could find whoever wrote that stuff on your tag and get them fired, you’d do it in a heartbeat and probably cackle as their children are kicked out of preschool. Go to hell.

    Jun 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   ano

      I think we found the baggage handler along with a huge dose of paranoia

      Jun 11, 2013 at 5:43 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.2   doodleysquat

      …not that there’s anything wrong with being a washed up drug addict.

      Jun 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.3   The Elf

      Well, I don’t love or hate baggage handlers, any more than I don’t love or hate accountants. I reserve my love or hate for individuals.

      But I do firmly believe that baggage handlers stole my luggage. I checked the scuba gear bag and watched it disappear into the back. I few direct from Point A to Point B. At international arrivals at Point B, we took up position right where the luggage comes down the chute. It never arrived. It was a distinctive bag, so it was pretty obvious no one else took it. Our other bag arrived. The scuba bag was not on the next flight from Point A.

      Simple logic would dictate that it wasn’t likely lost – lost luggage occurs most when planes are delayed, the passengers transfer, there’s multiple planes leaving at the same time to the same place, etc. None of that happened. In addition, only three groups of people had access to the luggage after we saw it disappear on the conveyor belt: baggage handlers in Point A, baggage handlers in Point B, and customs security people at Point B. Point B is not known for diving; the used scuba gear market is low. Point A is famous for diving; the used scuba gear market is high.

      The only reasonable conclusion is that baggage handlers in Point A stole the luggage.

      Jun 12, 2013 at 7:41 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.4   The Elf

      Oh, and one other point. Another person did not have their luggage on that same trip. It was also scuba gear.

      Jun 12, 2013 at 7:43 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.5   Littlest Hobo

      If they stole it, then shame on them! That is outrageous, scuba gear is expensive! Shame you can’t get definitive proof those arseholes did it! I’d screw to the floor if it was me! :|

      Jun 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.6   Jessi

      If someone vandalized my property and I found out who it was and could get them fired, I probably would. Or at least officially disciplined in some way. Anyone concerned about being able to pay for childcare services should think twice before destroying another’s possessions.

      By the way, baggage handler, in order to alleviate the intense amount of self-consciousness you obviously feel about your job, as someone who flies at least once or twice a year (something I scrimp and save for so that I can go back home a visit my grandfather), I don’t actually notice you. If you’re standing in front of me in line for food, I’m too busy worrying about catching my flight to even register your sweaty ass.

      And, you know what, I used to have a lot of respect for baggage handlers in general until your posts. One can only hope they’re not all as bitter as you.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 3:44 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.7   Psychethos

      1) If you don’t want to risk losing your job or being disciplined, act like a responsible employee and don’t deface people’s property. Even if you find it offensive. Complain about it to co-workers, friends, family, whatever, and then move on like a grown up.
      2) I have absolutely no issue with baggage handlers, in fact, I genuinely respect them for working what looks like a physically demanding job. You, however, sound very whiny and appear to have a totally unreasonable amount of shame about your decent job.

      Aug 23, 2013 at 8:35 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.8   Nicki

      This comment would get you a pink slip if I were your superior. However, I’ll just pity him/her and hope to God you don’t breed.

      And if you have, I hope your children know better than you. We *all* have hard jobs in our life, and you are hardly a martyr for your cause. This is not a cakewalk. Life is a one-shot experience—-no one comes through it unscathed.

      Refer to my comment above (and MANY others) if you think no one else here deals with similar inconveniences, and thank your deity of choice that you don’t find pathogens, corrosive substances, or live, poisonous animals in said luggage.

      Some people actually do that. And last I checked, baggage handlers are in the background because their jobs are relatively safe, necessary, *and* available.

      (A lot of other jobs…eeeh, many people can live without them. But every society requires laborers; you’re unlikely to become obsolete before you die.)

      Oct 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   Ziaheart

    Get some dry-erase markers. Write on top of the writing, wipe down. It’ll take the permanent marker off.

    -signed, a teacher who often has to remove things written in permanent marker on her white board by her students’ children, previous teachers, guest speakers, office administrators, etc.

    Jun 12, 2013 at 12:18 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   spike

    I’m on Team Baggage Handlers. “I Love NY”, “I Love My Chihuahua”, “I Love My Whatever…”, but “I Love My Baggage Handler”? Stupid and obnoxious, and that goes for the flyer, as well.

    Jun 16, 2013 at 4:35 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   SouthwestDEN

    I’m a baggage handler for Southwest Airlines. All I can say is 99% of people who I work with both love their job and are very hard workers. Yes sure, lifting 150+ bags per flight, 7 flights per shift is a lot and it is hard work don’t get me wrong. But in general most handlers just get the job done as quickly as they can. As for baggage handlers “stealing” luggage….I have never seen anyone from my airline at least steal or go through passengers luggage. It’s unfortunate about the lack of benefits for some handlers. Southwest IS unionized and I love it! My entire family flys for free, dollar for dollar 401K company match, health care, and fantastic pay! We have guys on the ramp who have already earned $60K+ in first 5 months of this year (this includes overtime). I could not be more thankful for this company and my job….a lot of people have a misperception about handlers thinking they are either bums or drop outs. That is not the case, a lot of rampers for Southwest earn more than pilots for other airlines. Last year alone the top earner on the ramp here in Denver made $214K for the year. This isn’t just a job, it’s a career!

    Jun 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   ShadeTail

      Hey, I believe you. ^_^ I think that 99% of people in general are generally good and decent folks. It’s just that the 1% is really loud and obnoxious, so they get attention completely disproportionate to their size.

      Also, your post shows the real benefit of unions. It helps more than most people can possibly understand when the labor force has actual power over their work life.

      Jun 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #35.2   Nicki

      Thank God there are some decent people who know the other side of the coin. SouthwestDEN, individuals in your line of work are appreciated. I’m particularly thankful that my flights go as planned, and likely, it’s because of considerate folks like you who value their job and take pride in doing it well.

      Your comment gave a hopeful tone to my day. Thank you so much. :D

      Oct 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #36   SouthwestDEN

    Absolutely. Also don’t get me wrong there is that 1% who is either lazy or obnoxious. The union really helps out those lazy workers as they know how little they can away with before the company can even TRY to terminate them.
    But in general the union is a god saint to blue collar workers like us and almost all of my co-workers appreciate the job we have and the amazing benefits that come with it

    Jun 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up