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Cut your wait time in half with this sneaky baggage claim trick

Cut your wait time in half with this sneaky baggage claim trick

One airport worker has shared a handy little tip that could save you the time otherwise spent doing one of the most annoying things – waiting for your luggage at baggage claim.

Guests could often wait over 45 minutes for their suitcases to appear, and that is the last thing you’d want to be doing after a 20-hour flight. 

Thomas Lo Sciuto is a ramp worker and gate agent at a regional airport in the US and said getting your bag early can depend on when you check in.

"Your best option is to be one of the last passengers to check your bags," he shared on an online thread.

"Bags will always be loaded front to back on the bag carts so if you check in last your bags will be in the last bag cart, which will make them the last on the aircraft, and the first off the aircraft at your destination.

"Same logic goes for the other end. If they are the first off the aircraft they will most likely be the first on the bag carts and then the first to be unloaded at baggage claim."

Of course, you don't want to risk missing your flight though, so don't leave check in too late simply for the sake of this advice. 

It comes after a flight attendant revealed a 'sneaky' trick they often use to get additional carry on baggage on board when they travel.

Flight attendant Miguel Muñoz said he "always" does this as a passenger, calling it the 'duty free hack', as duty free bags don't count as carry on baggage.

"Ask for one at the duty free shop and you place whatever you want in the shopping bag," he said.

Another popular hack to sneak extra items onto the plane that has been doing the rounds on TikTok involves hiding items inside your travel pillow.

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