I avoid checking bags whenever possible because I don’t trust United’s baggage handlers not to get caught in the cargo hold and I don’t want my bags there anyway since British Airways has had to ask staff to stop urinating in the cargo holds.
The best you can hope for usually is that your checked bag makes it to your destination. This man checked a can of beer as luggage, and it made it.
However in Japan checked bags — like all other forms of service — can be taken to the next level.
A Japanese airport employee was filmed actually cleaning luggage before passengers picked up their bags. Each and every bag gets checked for scuffs or marks on arrival and taking a white cloth to those bags which needed it. No doubt in some cases bags are being returned in a better condition than how they were checked.
The video doesn’t tell us which Japanese airport this is unfortunately. But it’s hard to imagine this just about anywhere else.
(HT: Secret Flying)