The long, strange journey of checked luggage

Like anyone who travels a lot, I’ve always wondered what happens to my luggage when I check it in.  In particular, why does it always look so beat up when I get it back at the other end and, really, how many chances are there along the way for someone to run their fingers through it looking for valuables?

Well, this captivating video takes a bag’s-eye view of the workings of Schipol airport in Amsterdam and one revelation is the incredible distance the bag has to travel; also, practically no people are involved, so no chance of theft.  But it should be said that Schipol is a highly automated, best practices airport — I’m sure a similar video at JFK would be a lot more archaic and, uh, hands on.  Still, fascinating.

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