“Checked baggage: how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways: (1) fees; (2) time lost at check-in counters manned by (3) uncaring staff; (4) possible damage in transit; (5) lost baggage; (6) filing claims for said lost or damaged baggage… And most of all, (7) waiting around like a doofus at baggage claim when I’m tired and cranky and just want to get a move on already, with no info from the airline about when the baggage will arrive. More times than I’d care to count, I could have been home by the time my baggage and I were reunited at the carousel.”
– says Andrew Bender in his recent Forbes article.
No one likes waiting for checked baggage after a long flight, especially when you’re trying to make it home before the turkey and football filled holiday begins. If you’re like us, you probably hit snooze on booking tickets until the last minute and while you maybe okay with paying extra for the flight, the last thing you want to do once you get off that flight home is hovering around the baggage carousels waiting for your bag to show up!
For instance, did you know that the average baggage carousel waiting time at the London Heathrow Airport is 29 minutes 29 seconds? And Heathrow is only the third busiest airport in the world. Check out the infographic below to see if your airport made it to the top 10 busiest airports in the world.
While we might not be able to help reduce the waiting time, we have the next best thing to offer: TravelTag, a luggage tracking App for iOS and Android that uses Bluetooth Smart Beacons to track your checked bags. Just imagine not having to hang around crowded airports and waiting an eternity on your checked bags to arrive at the carousel? Sounds nothing short of a holiday miracle, doesn’t it?
Simply, open TravelTag when you’re near your baggage carousel. Then, sip that coffee, call your folks, finish up a business conversation or play Angry Birds with your kids while the App monitors your bags. It will notify you as soon as your bags arrive on the carousel. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the freedom.