Nov 25, 2014

Luggage Survival Tips for Holiday Travelers

From Jervis B. Webb Company

Farmington Hills, Mich.  (November 25, 2014)

 — Jervis B. Webb Company – a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company and a major provider of airport baggage handling systems developed ten tips to help holiday travelers ensure their luggage arrives safely to their destinations.  On an average day, TSA screens nearly 1.8 million travelers at 450 U.S. airports, including 3 million carry-on bags and 1.2 million checked bags.  These numbers will significantly increase during the upcoming holidays with airlines expecting 24.6 million air travelers for the 12-day Thanksgiving holiday period alone.

Jervis B. Webb Company is part of Daifuku’s Global Airport Baggage Handling group, which also includes Daifuku Logan , Elite Line Services , and Logan Teleflex.  Also, Daifuku recently announced an agreement to acquire BCS Group Limited in New Zealand.  Daifuku’s Global Airport Baggage Handling Group has engineered, manufactured, installed and serviced hundreds of baggage handling systems at airports around the world.

“Today’s baggage handling control systems, such as our WebbView system, track bags through their entire journey from start to finish.  Fewer bags go missing today than ever before,” said Brian Stewart, General Manager of Daifuku’s Global Airport Baggage Handling.  “We are continuously exploring and creating ways to provide hassle-free travel experiences for passengers around the world.”

Below is the list of ten luggage survival tips for holiday travelers.

  • Most travelers are aware of restrictions for carry-on bags, but did you know there are restrictions for checked baggage as well?  Check for a complete list, including a downloadable brochure.
  • Don’t overpack and put undue stress on your bags’ zippers and seams.  Your bags may travel miles on conveyors before they arrive at their destinations.  Also, if TSA needs to hand check your bag, they must be able to close it quickly to avoid delays.
  • Due to restrictions on liquids in carry-on luggage, many travelers put them in their checked bags.  Place liquids in ziplock bags to protect your clothing from unwanted mess.  Also, make sure you wrap your breakables with paper or plastic and put them toward the center of your bag.
  • Wrap your gifts after you arrive at your destination.  Scissors, tape and wrapping paper are all approved items for checked bags (scissors are not allowed in carry-on bags).  That way, you avoid having your gifts potentially unwrapped by TSA agents.
  • Check in early to make sure your bag has plenty of time to get to your airplane. Two hours before your flight is a recommended amount of time, especially during peak travel periods.  Consider extra time when traveling with children or those who need special assistance.
  • Take straps off of duffle bags and luggage.  Place them inside the bag to alleviate any chance of them getting caught in a conveyor belt, which will result in a delay of your bag.
  • If you plan to lock your luggage, it is recommended that you use a TSA-approved and compatible lock.  TSA has worked with several companies to develop locks that can be opened by security officers using universal "master" keys so that the locks may not have to be cut. These locks are available at airports and travel stores nationwide. The packaging on the locks indicates whether they can be opened by TSA.
  • Put name, current address and phone number inside and outside of your bag in case it gets lost.
  • Customize the look of your luggage to make it easy to identify at the baggage carousel.  This will keep other passengers from picking it up by mistake.  A couple examples include attaching brightly colored identification tags or placing colored tape on the handle or exterior of bag.
  • Keep valuable items with you.  Money, laptop computers, electronic files, and other items of high value or importance should be kept in a carry-on bag. Also, pack everything you need to get through the first full day of your trip in a carry-on.  If your bag is delayed, it will most likely get delivered to you within 24 hours.

About Jervis B. Webb Company

Jervis B. Webb Company is a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company , a leading developer of innovative material handling technology such as Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS), conveyors , baggage handling systems , bulk handling systems , cleanroom systems and airport maintenance services. Daifuku Webb consists of Daifuku America Corporation , Jervis B. Webb Company , Elite Line Services , Logan Teleflex, Inc., and Wynright Corporation.   Daifuku Webb specializes in the design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and service of integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, semiconductor, LCD equipment, food/beverage, bulk, warehousing and manufacturing industries. Daifuku Webb is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with manufacturing locations throughout North America.