For the middle classes, who never want to make a fuss, the luggage carousel is the most nail-biting part of the journey. You’ve already had to deal with watching your worldly possessions roll away from you at the luggage check and now you have to pretend you aren’t scared that they won’t have arrived.
The middle-class traveller will obviously have insurance against lost luggage. But will insurance ever pay back the amount of time you’ve spent meticulously packing for the trip? Can it ever replace the sentimental value of that battered old suitcase that’s been on five (yes, really!) continents?
And while it might provide cash, it can’t replace the authenticity of the indigenous or unusual item bought on holiday (this is a concern for the returning traveller, rather than the outgoing one). The MC holidaymaker will always have purchased a handmade, one-of-a-kind glass vase from a bazaar in Cairo or an ostentatious, oversized Bloomingdales-branded snow globe from New York.
We hope that our guidelines below help you create the impression that you are not terrified that your baggage has been lost on the least fun carousel in the world:
1. Stand a few people back from the belt so you don’t look too eager.
2. Do not stare obsessively at the belt.
3. Do not tell aloud the horror story of when your luggage ended up in another country and you didn’t get it back for three months.
4. Show you are calm and carefree by making a joke about the pink suitcase belonging to your husband/the burly gentleman next to you.