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Mystery Solved: Here’s Why Your Checked Luggage Gets so Beat-Up

You brought your suitcase to the airport in pristine condition, but when your checked luggage slides down the carousel, you barely recognize it—it looks like it’s been dragged behind the plane during your flight. What happens to our checked bags that make them look so beat-up when they arrive?

Flyer Vanessa Marsh shot a video that explains why, showing baggage being loaded off a Hawaiian Airlines flight to Phoenix. The video below shows an indifferent baggage handler tossing suitcases from a good height down a metal chute where they violently bounce down.

Let this video be a reminder to never pack anything valuable or breakable in your checked luggage, and to maybe consider investing in a durable hardsided suitcase.

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