The Trip Your Luggage Takes Without You

April 5, 2018

For passengers, the route from airport entry through security to the gate and onto the plane usually proceeds in straightforward — if often slow and irritating — fashion.  

But what about the journey your checked luggage takes?

That process is a mystery to most travelers, so I visited Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to follow the route luggage takes from the ticket counter, into the “bag well” (a noisy, cavernous, machine- and luggage-filled area where all checked bags spend time) and out to the planes.

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