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Baggage handler reveals why you should never tie a ribbon to your suitcase

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Many people choose to tie a brightly coloured ribbon to their suitcases when they check their luggage to make it easier to spot them at their destination airport, but have been told not to

The experts says ribbons should not be put on suitcases.

Many people are tempted to put some sort of identifier on their bags when they board their planes to make it easier at the other end to spot them on the carousel.

However, an airport worker has revealed it can be a bad plan – and could even stop suitcases from making it on to their flights in the first place.

They told RSVP Live : “Ribbons people tie onto their suitcases to help identify them can cause issues with the bag being scanned in the baggage hall. If the bag can’t be scanned automatically it can end up in manual processing, which could mean your bag doesn’t make it to the flight. Take old stickers off the bag, it can cause confusion with the scanning process.”

He added people should never pack marzipan as it can have the same density as explosives. As a result, both the bag – and the bag’s owner – are hauled off the flight.

Earlier this month a travel expert warned four out of five Brits have no idea about a new security rule introduced this year. The Government announced earlier this year major airports would have to introduce new scanners by June 1 which would allow passengers to take two litres of liquids onboard planes in their hand luggage and keep items like laptops in their bags.

Having already been delayed from 2022, many airports including Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester have admitted they will miss next week’s deadline. Smaller airports such as Teesside, London City, Birmingham and Newcastle have new security screening technology in place and expect to go live on time. The different levels of success by airports has left passengers very confused about what they should and shouldn’t bring to the airport. A survey conducted by AirAdvisor and shared exclusively with the Mirror revealed that 83% of people are unaware of what the 100ml liquid rules will be at airports this summer.

The new rule will allow passengers to take two litres of liquids onboard planes in their hand luggage. The move will apply to UK airports, so rules at other destinations or for a journey back to the UK, may still apply. The current rule is that passengers are permitted to take liquids under 100ml in their hand luggage, in a sealed 20cm x 20cm and cannot exceed one litre — this will remain in place until June 1 at the earliest.

Anton Radchenko, founder and CEO of AirAdvisor, said: “Considering this rule holds significant importance and will redefine how we travel, people should be aware of it.”

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