According to a survey by UK-based SendmyBag.com, one third of British holidaymakers have hurt themselves at an airport, and half of these people blamed luggage for their mishap. Whether it is back pain, bruises or broken toes, it seems that accidents happen more often than you might think airports, with cuts and grazes, pulled muscles and sprained ankles also making it onto the list of injuries sustained as a result of baggage mshaps. The two most common reasons for an injury were luggage falling on top of someone, and tripping over a bag.
Apart from baggage-related woes, travellers also reported injuries from ‘slips and trips while rushing around’ and from escalators. Forty per cent of injuries occurred when a passenger was hurrying to a departure gate, while 21 per cent of people reported injuries sustained at the baggage carousel, and a further 17 per cent had been injured by another passenger rushing past them. According to the poll, 74 per cent of respondents who picked up an injury did not bother reporting it to a member of staff.
Adam Ewart, founder of SendmyBag (which offers a door-to-door delivery service of luggage that people either can’t or don’t want to take on an airline), commented on the study: “A lot of people don’t get to go abroad too often, so when they do, it can be both a very exciting, but stressful, time, particularly when at the airport. The results from this study show that it’s far more common than people realise to have luggage-related injuries from rushing around. It’s important to ensure that your luggage isn’t too heavy for you to carry. If it is, ensure you have a suitcase with wheels that is easy to pull along.”