Unless you want to lose your checked luggage!
Forty years ago, and more it wasn’t unusual to see suitcases like this.
I suppose that people regarded it as a harmless status symbol; to show how well travelled they were.
As everything was handled manually at a much slower pace there was less chance of luggage getting redirected.
When you check in a bar code sticker could be placed on your checked in bag.
Sometime there may even be a integrated circuit chip inside the sticker.
These stickers allow the airports and airlines to run high speed baggage conveyors and sorting systems to get you luggage to its destination.
If you have got an old sticker on your bag then you could find your bag has been sent to your previous destination.
Often a check in agent will ask you to remove stickers, however they may not notice a sticker, or you might use self check in.
Before you leave for the Airport:
- Check your luggage carefully and remove all stickers.
- Put you own tag on the handle with your name, email address and destination airport. ( add a phone number if you know which phone number you will be using at your destination)
- Add a sheet of paper to the inside with the above information.