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To get cross at airport baggage carousels

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faeriequeen · 07/10/2018 14:35

Why is it that some men think it's ok to completely take over at the carousel? They completely ignore the line you're supposed to wait behind and insist on getting as close to the belt as possible, obstructing anyone else's view.

Heaven forbid someone else might spot their case and want to reach it.

I've had men tell me to get my husband to fetch the cases (travelling alone so I'd have had a long wait) and almost hit me swinging their cases off the carousel, so poor was their estimation of personal space.

Why do they do it?

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PastaRedWine · 07/10/2018 18:41

Although, saying that.... and I am NOT a conveyer belt hogger... Those that say one person should wait and the rest of the family should be further back with the trolley, are you assuming everyone on the plane is on holiday? They're not!!

I maybe travel twenty times for work on my own compared to one time with my family. On my own, I often have two or three suitcases (work stuff) and I am flying to places not well known for safety and security where I am not abandoning anything more than one foot away from me because it might get stolen 😆

Granted, London Heathrow is not that dangerous. And as I said, I don't hog the belt space. But those that are travelling for work on their own have a different mentality to those on holiday with a family.


workworkworkworkworkk · 07/10/2018 18:49

I have never noticed a line.


Cachailleacha · 07/10/2018 19:03

Not assuming everyone is on holiday, no. I wouldn't have thought most people travelling alone would need a trolley though. I don't think trolleys should be near the belt unless absolutely necessary.

Wouldn't expect it to be a man to get the bags though, my child is better at spotting bags and getting to them quickly than I am. Can't just stand back ready to get them because of all the people with their trolleys in the way.


userofthiswebsite · 07/10/2018 19:17

Yep, this happened to me on my last flight. Some dummy stood legs pressed against the carousel completely obliterating my line of sight talking on a mobile for about 15 minutes so there was no chance for me to see anything unless I stood leaning with my head forward. Just unnecessary.

For those who have had their luggage mistakenly taken try getting really bright suitcases or luggage accessories. I have a matching blue luggage strap that goes around the suitcase, tags and padlock. Makes it v easy to recognise. Bright orange or lime green are great for easy recognition as even people who want to get non black stuff to stand out, tend to go for blue/purple or red etc.


PastaRedWine · 07/10/2018 19:21

@Cachailleacha I always have at least two large suitcases for work trip, and often three plus a carry on. Plus my handbag. Plus maybe some pull up banners I have strapped together that may or may not be sent out as excess over size luggage. Or could just come out individually a bit bashed up 😆

I couldn't cope without a trolley.

Which probably makes me more cross at the happy jolly families just come back from two weeks in the sun who then hog the belt milling round chatting and make it harder for everyone else 🙈


PillowOfSociety · 07/10/2018 19:32

Pasta, also it is possible to put the trolley ‘thin ways towards the belt’ just behind you. The people I try and take out telepathically put their trolleys right up against the carousel, lengthways. For one case that has wheels anyway and their Duty Free.


Cachailleacha · 07/10/2018 19:33

PastaRedWine I got the two or three bags from your previous post. I did say most people travelling alone. Understand it is sometimes necessary.


PillowOfSociety · 07/10/2018 19:39

People are just oblivious and idiotic.
Get to the tube barrier and THEN rummage for your card. Come through tube barrier and stop dead to decide where to go. Get to top of escalator and stop dead to decide where to go.

Driving: move ahead, alongside a parked car, so that oncoming traffic cannot get past you, rather than wait in a gap. Leave 3 lengths of car in a jam so that no one behind you can cross the yellow box. If in a right hand lane that is for straight ahead OR turn right, don’t indicate right until you turn your steering wheel to avoid the chance that others may have been able to choose the other lane....

Zap! Zap! ZAP! The lot of them.


Darkstar4855 · 07/10/2018 20:34

I hate this. If everyone stood back then everyone could see the bags coming and just step forward and pick theirs up.

It’s not unheard of for me to accidentally drop my 25kg bag of scuba diving gear on the feet of people who stand right up close to the carousel when I’m trying to pick it up... oops!


rose69 · 08/10/2018 08:12

The luggage has probably got all their BBQ and mysterious hobby equipment in it.


silkpyjamasallday · 08/10/2018 08:27

I have never in all my years of travelling seen a line to stand behind or any pushing and shoving by men, but it is silly to stand right next to the belt and is annoying for others. I always stand well back and watch for when my case first emerges from the start point then collect it at a point where there is a space to do so.


Myimaginarycathasfleas · 10/10/2018 09:00

There is definitely a line, people!


Myimaginarycathasfleas · 10/10/2018 09:05

Although having googled for images I’ve found a few without. As you were...

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