When we are supposed to catch a flight, one of the concerns weighing on our minds is having our luggage transported to the destination safely and safely. While it is a rare occurrence, sometimes the bags and the owners do not meet at the luggage belt, meaning your luggage was either transported to a different destination or was picked up by someone else. So how does one carry the bags when boarding a plane?

For starters, many people believe in keeping the valuables with yourself at all times. So even if your bags are lost or misplaced, the loss will not be as substantial. Another reason why you may not receive your bags is that they got flagged for prohibited items. To avoid such mishaps, experts provide many tips, so your bags do not get lost, stolen, or held back. To find out more, keep reading!

Checked Luggage

When you reach the airport, you will see counters for luggage checking. Your bags will be weighed individually and then ‘checked’ at these counters. Checked baggage includes the bags for which the airline takes responsibility. These bags are held at the airport and loaded into the plane by baggage handlers. Each flight can only carry a certain amount of weight per passenger. Exceeding this limit will lead you to pay an additional fee or remove some items from your bag to bring them to the weight limit.

It is often recommended that one not pack valuables in the checked luggage. This is because checked luggage undergoes random checks at the airport. This is true for both local and domestic flights. In between the bags being checked and until they reach the aeroplane, there are numerous people who handle your luggage. If any of them have the intention to steal, they can easily swipe through your bags and get their hands on expensive items. This is why it’s important to always carry your valuables in your carry-on because, let’s be honest, no one will care for your belongings as you would yourself.

Searching Checked Baggage For Drugs

While it is not a routine procedure to scan the checked bags for drugs specifically, these bags undergo scanning that will alert the officials to anything suspicious or items not allowed in checked baggage. These usually include items that can catch fire, such as loose batteries and aerosol canisters. If these items are found in your luggage after you’ve checked your bags, they will be removed, and your bags will be repacked. There is a strong chance of losing items when this happens, which is why one should not pack valuables in checked luggage.

Similarly, bags can be selected for random checks at airports. These bags are opened up, and the security officers go through the items to ensure no illicit articles are present. Keep in mind the rules that govern the luggage are federal rather than state rules. So if medical marijuana is legal in your city or state but banned by the federal government, finding it in your checked luggage can get you to jail. According to state or federal laws, other drugs or medications that might be legal when found in your bags can put you in trouble if they’re banned. While the bags need not be searched for drugs explicitly, if found, the officers are required to report them to law enforcement.

The policies are stricter for international borders. Checked luggage gets scanned, and if any prohibited items or drugs are found, the airport security officials are required by law to report it to the authorities. Trying to cross international borders with drugs comes under drug smuggling and can land you in serious trouble if you aren’t careful.


According to airport security officials, checked luggage is not explicitly searched for drugs. However, bags undergo scanning, and some are selected for random checks. According to the federal government, if illegal items are found in your bags, the security officials will confiscate them, and you might even get jail time.