How to insure they use Priority Handling luggage tags?

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  1. Maximizer

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    Do you ever remind the agent to put these on? Over the past few flights I actually enjoyed having my bag come out quickly because it had the tag. But yesterday they didn't put the tag on (I didn't notice), and the bag came out closer to the end of the process, while many bags with the tag did come out ahead.

    Funny how quickly you get used to such small perks and start noticing their absence. And care enough to discuss online :D
     
  2. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Observe and ask if needed. Don't think there's another way to insure it's done.
     
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    That is about it...I hardly ever check any luggage anymore but whenever I do, I always observe to make sure that the "orange tag" is affixed.
     
  4. genemk2

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    Grammar Troll Alert:

    I think you all mean "ensure."

    Insure means to provide insurance coverage.
    Ensure means to secure or guarantee.
     
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    Just watch them put the tag on the bag ... if it doesn't look like they're putting priority tags on, ask them to be placed on.

    I find that they often forget when I'm checking a bag at a non-priority counter.
     
  7. Wandering Aramean
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    While the orange tag is nice to see, the "VIP" notation on the bag tag usually is more meaningful, especially when a transfer is involved, at least IME.
     
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    Though if I'm going somewhere like CUN, I wouldn't mind them not putting on a priority tag :eek:
     
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    half the time my "priority" bag comes on near last :confused:
     
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  11. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I rarely check bags, but if I do, it seems to work reasonably well most of the time.
     
  12. jfhscott
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    Well, perhaps some lexicographers have come to recognize that American blase attitudes toward grammar have transmuted English terms. But even in the US, style guides (see, e.g. Strunk and White) routinely identify that one should use care about using insure versus ensure. What next, will some lexicographer recognize that American sloppiness with grammar has altered the language to make "good" and "well" interchangable, or "she" and "her" interchangeable?

    I am disappointed to see documentary evidence that any lexicographer has capitulated to left side of the pond sloppiness.
     
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    Spot on and the best method to insure a priority tag on your bag.
     
  14. Maximizer

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    Seriously, they put a VIP notation on the tag? Who gets it, is it equivalent to the Priority orange tag and Priority Boarding notation on BP, or is it more exclusive??
     
  15. Maximizer

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    Thanks all for the language lesson, this non-native English speaker appreciates it :)
     
  16. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Is insure vs. ensure a matter of grammar?
     
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    Hey... This NATIVE English speaker appreciates it, too. Sometimes the only way to learn is to have one's error corrected.

    My employees (and certainly my daughter) probably think that I am obsessive to the point of ridiculous regarding the proper use of the language, but my response is always the same. "You will never lose credibility by using correct English with those who don't know, but you will always lose credibility by using incorrect English with those who do." Same goes for spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.
     
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    I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to my native language :cool: although now after having spent over half of my life in the US I find myself slipping up, and not caring so much. Living here can make one more open-minded in surprising ways.
     
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    I assure you this will be my last post on this off-topic today, but just to insure we're not missing anything, here's what Webster has to say:

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insure

    In particular, please ensure you read the quotation from William Safire in the Examples section.
     
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    I always stay and watch them put luggage tags on - and I nicely ask if they can put the priority tags on the bags....I make a jjoke about it like, "thank you SO much, I have OCD about these things.".

    Safe travels!
     
  21. Wandering Aramean
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    It is the same as the orange tag but it is printed on the real tag adjacent to the bar code.

    My understanding is that when they are scanning bags and doing transfers the scan alerts them to process it differently, though I'm not positive of that.
     
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    The "VIP" notation has to be some kind of unstated benefit...got a source?
     
  23. Wandering Aramean
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    It is how the computers which handle baggage routing in many airports know that your bag has an orange tag on it. The automated scanners don't see the orange tags. ;)
     
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    I just searched the web and found only one instance in a FT archive from 2006 (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/archive/t-607569.html). It seems that the so-called "VIP" notation is PMCO-speak for the standard *A orange tags:
     
  25. Wandering Aramean
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    I've seen the notation on tags issued by carriers other than CO.
     
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