How baggage transfers for connecting flights work
Have you ever had to recheck your baggage during a connecting flight? The only time you have to get your checked bag and re-check it is when you have to go through customs and you have a connecting flight. You go through customs in the first country you land in.
For instance, if you fly from Paris (CDG) to Philadelphia (PHL) to Los Angeles(LAX), you would go through customs in PHL, get your bags then drop them off almost immediately at the next conveyer belt and proceed to your flight. More than likely you will have to go through security again before you can catch your flight to LAX.
Now if you were doing that flight in reverse, going from LAX-PHL-CDG do you have to go get your bags in PHL? No, you do not. If you check a bag and you have a connecting flight in the U.S. but your destination is in the U.S or a foreign country, you do not have to go and get your checked bags until you arrive in your destination.
If you fly from JFK-CLT-SEA you do not have to get your bags in CLT. You will pick up your bags in SEA. Does that make sense?
if you get duty free before you re-check your bag, make sure to put your purchases in your checked luggage as you will not be allowed to take it through security.
PLEASE NOTE: Make sure that when the ticket agent asks, “Where are you going?” you say the FINAL destination, not your connecting one.
What some lazy ticket agents are now doing is what’s called ‘short-checking’ your bag which means instead of doing the work to get you to your final destination, they will check your bag to your connecting destination. This means you have to go get your bag, go back up to ticketing and re-check your bag then go through security in order to board your flight.
This is pure laziness and do not let a ticket agent do that to you. There have been passengers that have missed their connecting flights because ticket agents are making passengers go through those extra steps.
Have you ever had an issue with your connecting bags?