What happens to your checked baggage
What happens to checked baggage on connecting flights?
If you have purchased a connecting flight, you will find that most often, your checked baggage will be taken care of, and will be moved from your first plane to your second plane. If you are not asked at check-in, you should check that they will check your luggage through to your last stop. This means that when you land after your first flight, you will not need to wait for your bag and check it in again, instead only needing to find your gate for your next flight. If your connecting flight airline is not in an interline agreement with your first airline, you may have to collect your baggage after the first leg of your journey and check it in again. You will know if you are on an interline flight or not at the original check-in - if you have checked in for just the first leg or the whole flight.
What happens to checked bags during a layover?
If you have a domestic layover, your bag will usually get taken off the first leg of your journey, and dealt with by the airline so that it is tagged and transported to your end destination. However, flying with an international layover is a bit different. This varies depending on the airport, airline and country where your layover is. If you have flown from outside the US or Canada, with a layover in the US or Canada, you will most often have to collect and recheck your luggage. If you have a layover in another country, if your airlines are part of a codeshare or interline agreement, you will most often get them transferred to your end destination for you.
What happens to checked baggage if I miss a connecting flight?
If you miss your connecting flight due to the first leg of your journey being delayed, your baggage will most often miss the connecting flight too. However, if you miss the connecting flight through your own fault, your bag will probably already be on the plane and end up at the destination without you. Once it arrives, it will usually be taken off the baggage reclaim carousel and stored whilst it waits for you to catch up with it.
How did the airport lose my luggage?
There are so many bags that get processed by airports every day, that sometimes it is inevitable that some bags may get misplaced. Sometimes you will arrive at your destinations and your bags won't be there. However, if you ensure that you have a tag with your personal contact details on the outside and inside of your case, you will have much greater chances of reuniting with it.
Do checked bags get scanned by security?
Yes, once you check them in and they go off on the conveyor belt, your baggage will be screened by an X-Ray machine and also often with chemical sniffers. If there is any doubt or something suspicious about your bag, a member of security personnel will inspect it by hand. If they cannot get into your lock with a master key, they may have to open it with other means, but it will be wrapped up and secured after inspection.