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In Pictures: What happens to your luggage when you check it in

When the goal is getting bags to arrive at the right carousel, keeping them moving is the name of the game

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While lost, delayed – even damaged – baggage is an inevitability, in reality most suitcases and parcels moving through Vancouver International Airport, Canada’s second busiest, are handled expertly and without incident. Some bags are even handled with a touch of TLC.

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Behind the scenes, a lot goes into the process to get flyers’ bags to the correct baggage claim. The bags flow through a system of conveyers that scan the tags, identifying the weight and size of the luggage, ensuring it moves through the system properly and is dropped down the right chute set up for flights leaving the Vancouver International Airport.

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Baggage handlers take luggage to a flight on the tarmac at the Vancouver International Airport.

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The luggage is then scanned by a baggage handler by a handheld machine ensuring the bag is in the right spot, linked to the proper flight, loaded onto the proper truck and then sent out to be loaded on a flight so that flyers have the bags when they arrive.

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