Here’s What Happens To Your Checked Bags When You Fly

Video: Unless the airline loses it, you probably don’t give much thought to what happens to your luggage after you check it in. If you’re curious about the process, though, this video breaks it down.

The video, from the Smithsonian Channel, shows you the journey your baggage takes once you check it in. It goes through a whole automated tracking process, and it’s actually pretty interesting and more involved than you might think. It also explains why it takes so long for luggage to get from one place to another.

If you’re still curious, this DIY logging system with show you how much your luggage gets tossed around.

To see the journey your luggage takes every time you fly, check out the video.

How Do Your Checked Bags Actually Get on the Plane? [Smithsonian Channel (YouTube)]


  • Sydney airports bag systems are nothing like this.
    The tag is universal and the other end of your flight might be this system but all 3 Sydney systems are nothing like this.

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