Something stinks at Detroit Metro Airport and it isn’t fumes from burning jet fuel.
The other day I waited (at 1 in the morning) over an hour to get my bags after my US Airways flight from Charlotte to Detroit. It was a frustrating ending to a perfect vacation in beautiful St. Maarten (I’ll talk about that in a later post).
What the heck is going on that makes it take an hour to unload bags from a plane? How come they can do it in 15 minutes pretty much everywhere else?
It’s a shame that Detroit, the organized labor capital of the world, does such a poor job on a task like bagging handling. I have no idea what the problem is. Are there too few workers? Are the workers just slow and apathetic? To be honest I don’t care. I just don’t want to wait an hour for my luggage ever again.
I wish I could blame a particular airline, but it happens on all of them. Northwest (which I fly the majority of the time) can somehow have my bags waiting for me when I get to Vegas but man, when I get back to Detroit, forget about it.
I usually grab a cup of coffee, hit the rest room, take a nap, call some friends and family members, read the paper, and then, after all that, mosey on over to the luggage carousel (if I time it right I only have to stand there staring at the other passengers for another 15 minutes).
But understand, I’m not here to place blame. I’m just here asking for some help. Please, if someone can do something to get our luggage to us quicker in Detroit, I beg you to do so.
I’d be happy to pay an extra 10 bucks a ticket so that the airlines can hire a few more folks to help unload planes that land in Detroit (if the problem is lack of workers).
If the problem is lazy workers, someone needs to remind them what unions were all about – an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work.
Not an honest day’s pay for making everyone wait an hour to get their damn luggage.