This website reads:
Don’t Leave Any Loose Ends
Be sure all of the compartments and pockets on your bag are securely zipped and fastened, and don’t leave anything hanging outside of it, such as shoes laced to a handle or backpack straps dangling in all directions. These items can easily get caught on the conveyor belt at the airport and get either destroyed or lost.
Is it possible that the handles of this duffel bag could be caught in a conveyor belt and result in lost luggage?
If so, should I cut this handles off, or will that infuriate baggage handlers because they will struggle to carry/load it?