Complimentary bag taping

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Old Jun 15, 19, 12:58 pm
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Complimentary bag taping

I and the Mrs. flew HEL-LHR-HKG in CE/CW last night and when collecting our bag in Hong Kong we noticed someone had placed plain white tape over all the bar code stickers and the First bag tag.

This is a first for us and I'm not all that bothered as the bag arrived unharmed. But as all, including the bar code attached in HEL and the other side of the F bag tag, were taped over I cannot help but wonder what it was all about.

I admit we hadn't cleared the stickers on the bag for a few months and there were about dozen of them attached but still feel taping over everything isn't standard procedure. Maybe it's a new GGL perk?


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Old Jun 15, 19, 1:36 pm
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How very bizarre! I know unrelated barcodes can cause problems...however Iíve never seen this before. I do proactively remove all the old barcodes before the next flight though.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 1:41 pm
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How can you leave old stickers/tags on your bag?

Just doesn't sit right with my OCD
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Old Jun 15, 19, 1:52 pm
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How very bizarre! I know unrelated barcodes can cause problems...however Iíve never seen this before. I do proactively remove all the old barcodes before the next flight though.
I had the same once, but they used plain white stickers to cover all the old, forgotten barcodes. Unfortunately I can't recall where or with who that happened...
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Old Jun 15, 19, 2:15 pm
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I strongly recommend removing them after each flight. The longer they stay on, the more difficult they get to remove the stickiness. You end up having to use harsh sticker remover which might damage the bag.

I religiously remove all bag tags and stickers as soon as I get landside, to reduce the difficulties of removing them.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 2:36 pm
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I bet some of those bar codes were for FR, tui and First Choice. BA computers don’t like that sort of thing.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 3:50 pm
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I remove them because i always assumed the old sticker might cause issues.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 4:15 pm
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While this seems a bit excessive, it is important to remove old tags as soon as possible and certainly before checking them again.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 4:25 pm
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At some point in your journey, the computer said no.

Your bag must have been rejected by some automated system because the computers couldn’t detect a valid barcode. Then a person was forced to cover over anything old that the computer might detect. They then correctly sent it on its way.

I bet the person was rolling their eyes as they did it.

Maybe take the old barcodes off next time.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 5:16 pm
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Being a little obsessive with details when travelling I always remove previous tags (and the sub stickers that sometimes find their way onto the bags - AA are particularly fond of this).
Perhaps as LTN Phobia suggests these could not be easily removed so taping over them was the best option.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 9:56 pm
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Originally Posted by missdimeaner View Post
Perhaps as LTN Phobia suggests these could not be easily removed so taping over them was the best option.
It's more difficult with bags with shiny, smooth surface because stickers really stick to it (and often leave the sticky side on the case). One of the reasons why I avoid those materials when choosing a suitcase nowadays.

Removing them would have taken them ages, and there is a potential to be accused of doing the bag harm by the passenger by leaving sticky residues as well.

Taping them over would have been the quickest solution for the baggage handlers.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 10:40 pm
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It will be related to the LHR T3 baggage sortation system. Ever since they upgraded it (2017?) the airlines there have been obsessed with removing old tags to avoid confusion.

I once had an AA agent use a black marker to colour in over 80 old tags on a suitcase.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 11:30 pm
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I worked on Baggage projects for two years, dealing closely with HAL. That's a method to reduce "multi-reads".

Basically, over the years HAL and Vanderlande (in T5/T3) have invested a lot on improving their barcode reading tech, to the point that now there are multi-read issues. In a nutshell the system reads two, or more, barcodes, gets confused, spits the bag out to be checked by a human and the bag is at risk of missing a connection. You might think this is something that happens once in a blue moon (and indeed it does, success rate for bags are, in LHR, around 99% on a good day), but there are thousands of multi-reads every day.

A partial fit on the system has been introduced in T5, but not yet in T3 (at least that was the state of play a few months ago before I left), so that an extra layer of intelligence had been introduced; this is helping the Baggage Reconciliation System think "Mmmh, this bag has two potential destinations. I recognise one and it's for today, the other I can't quite see, so I'll stick with the one I know", but it's a partial fit. If the system sees two bag tag stubs on your bag, and both bag tag numbers are in use (bag tags recycle every 4-7 days depending on the airline and "live" for 2-3 days, again depending on the airline), then the system will be well and truly confused and will dump the bag for someone will look at it. The problem is that if there's less than an hour to go, it really runs a risk of missing.

The OP's bag has likely been 'dumped' in such a way, or has gone in an area where 'problematic' bags are looked at and the old tags have been taped over.

The bottom line is: cover those tags.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 11:45 pm
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I still have remnants of a ‘fragile’ sticker on my shiny black case that simply refuses to budge!
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Old Jun 16, 19, 12:12 am
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Copenhagen Airport (CPH) has repeatedly informed the public through its social media pages that you should make sure to remove old bingo tags in order to avoid issues with your luggage not arriving with you. So it seems there is some truth to it.
Most likely, someone just did you a favour.
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