DO choose a bag with wheels
It’s easier for you, it’s easier for the baggage handlers, and it’s safer for your stuff. “If a bag has four wheels, we can push it down the length of the plane when we load it,” a former ramp agent and baggage handler told Reader’s Digest. “If it doesn’t roll, it most likely gets thrown.” That’s not because agents want to harm your bag, either—it’s simply the most efficient way to load the bags and get your flight out on time. These are the 13 things airlines won’t tell you.
DON’T choose a bag with flimsy attachments
Handles and wheels are the parts of your bag that are most likely to break, especially if you tend to pack heavy. “Every so often I’ll lift a bag off the belt and the handle will snap, or a wheel will break as it glances off the edge of the container door,” writes baggage handler Aaron Williams on the Globe and Mail. “I figure this happens once every 300 bags, and I think those are pretty good odds. Most of those bags have weighed well over 50 pounds.” The baggage handler who spoke to Reader’s Digest also suggests tucking in any straps, as those tend to get stuck in the conveyer belts your bag travels on throughout the airport.