Will be flying with easy jet and was wondering for retuning flights the old luggage tag we have on are suitcase. should we take them off before arriving at the airport to return home or leave it as the person will do it for us anyways? Im guessing even at self check in they will have someone who will make sure that old tags are taken off and that the new one is correctly done etc?
Why not just take the tags off? They are for a previous flight, and have a different destination written on them. You don't want your luggage to be accidentally sent to the wrong location, be delayed because of something like this, do you?
Most likely if they are still on there, the agent who accepts your luggage will remove them. But there is the possibility that they miss it and it causes delays for your bags. Why take the risk?
There does not seem to be much "official" information on this topic, which is probably why you asked the question. I did find this blog post from KLM, which recommends removing the old tags if you don't want your luggage to be delayed.
Do you travel a lot and leave all sorts of labels and baggage stickers attached to your suitcase? That may look cool, but it isn’t a great idea. It can confuse the baggage sorting system, because it doesn’t know which label to read. That’s why we advise that you remove all labels and stickers from previous trips. Why not head out with a neat and tidy, hassle-free suitcase?
The old tag needs to be removed before the new one is put on. If you don't do it, the staff will.
Reasons not to remove the old one:
- on some airlines, they add a "priority" tag into the sticker. I feel seeing my "priority" tag from the previous flight will remind them to do it again if I am entitled to it, or perhaps inspire them to upgrade me if I am not. This may not be true but it's my superstition
- it often has your name on it which may be helpful on shuttles or other situations where your bag looks like other people's bags
Reasons to remove the old one:
- the gate staff may be irritated at you that you have left them this menial task to do instead of cleaning up after yourself
My compromise in this is that I leave it on right until get to the checkin agent. Then when I am standing there with nothing to do while they endlessly type on their keyboard (what do they do there anyway?) I remove the tag. This ensures that it stays on as long as possible, that the checkin agent sees it, and that I am seen as a polite person. Plus it gives me something to do while waiting.
YES. Remove the tags.
There are no consequential reasons to leave them on once you leave the terminal.
- They will be removed for you next flight, 100%. Please help the check in staff by removing them yourself. I've seen the staff ask the passenger to remove the tags or just do it them selves.
- Spurious bar codes (such as a previous tag) can confuse the scanners risking misdirected or delayed bags.
- Leaving them on after arrival alerts miscreants that you might be a tourist.
- They get in the way of handling the bag.
As far as I know, the bar codes on bag tags as well as on boarding cards contain enough information (i.e., beyond what is printed on them in legible form) to reference your flight in the global travel databases that have security standards form the 1960s. In other words, old tags and boarding cards might enable someone to find out your name and home address and further travel plans and whatnot. With that in mind, they should be securely disposed of (and not in a common airport bin).