I know that green edging strips are used on bag tags for flights originating in the EU. Some (but not all) of the tags on bags I've checked in Malaysia have had orange edging - what does that signify? I've also seen tags with red edges - what does that signify? And are any other colors used?

  • Is this previous question relevant? – Weather Vane Jan 14 at 16:04
  • No, the previous question only refers to what I already stated in my question regarding green edging. I was specifically asking about other colors - orange, red and any others. – CLW Jan 14 at 17:51

Green on Handluggage is guarenteed in the cabin because it fits under the chair infront of you.

Red label are not guarenteed in Cabin. As a flight is full and very busy you're luggage may be moved and have to be picked up as normal suitcase at the airport.

I always make sure when boarding begins i am one of the first 50 person to go in the airplane. They stop you if you are one off the last to enter and the plane is full with handluggage.

  • Source for this? Also it appears to be about one particular airline's tags for cabin luggage, whereas there question was about real baggage tags for checked luggage. – Henning Makholm Mar 6 at 7:57
  • I fly in europ and see it with almost all airliners. Vueling. Transavia. Ryanair. Easyjet. They all work or worked with this labels. Ryan now even let you pay for handluggage but yeah for 25 euro single trip to Ibiza drom Amsterdam is madness. – Raoul Mar 6 at 13:08
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    I have flown with Easyjet three times in the last 14 months. On neither occasion did my hand bag get any kind of tag or label at all. – Henning Makholm Mar 6 at 13:54
  • My question is about the coloured edging strips on bag tags (i.e. for checked luggage), not about coloured cabin baggage labels. Also, I fly around Europe frequently with Easyjet and have never seen any cabin baggage labels being used. – CLW Mar 11 at 20:10

The colored strips are just for the convenience of the baggage handling staff. They make it easier to find your own company’s tag or luggage. Some countries also mandate particular colors so that they know which luggage originates from which country.

As long as the colored area remains outside of the barcode’s quiet zone, they can be any color or multiple colors or even text and logos.

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    Eh, no. As stated in the question: Luggage originating from airports within the EU have luggage tags with green edges to simplify customs clearance when arriving at another EU airport. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jan 14 at 16:51

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