baggage claim


Definition of baggage claim

: the area in an airport where arriving passengers pick up their checked baggage

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Every Friday from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has baby alligators (yes, alligators) waiting to be pet at the baggage claim, reports USA Today. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Orleans' Airport Lets You Pet Baby Alligators for Emotional Support," 26 Nov. 2018 Shoppers can choose from two sizes—a 45 litre that fits roughly three days worth of gear or a 60 litre that will last you around five days—and four different colors, including eye-popping blue and orange versions (easy to spot at baggage claim). Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Duffle is Made for the Adventure Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 Many travelers prefer to avoid the security lines and hefty baggage fees at legacy carriers, not to mention the 30 to 40 minutes spent waiting at baggage claim. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "The Great American Road Trip: Shorter and More Popular Than Ever," 16 Feb. 2018 But she was shot in the head at the airport, while sitting in her wheelchair at baggage claim, according to the lawsuit. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Family sues over woman's death in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting," 12 Jan. 2018 Its airport has a single baggage claim and the rental car area is dotted with wooden rocking chairs, for an extra dose of Southern charm. New York Times, "In Montgomery, a City Embedded With Pain, Finding Progress," 27 Feb. 2018 International passengers will be bused to baggage claim after clearing customs. Wayne Risher, USA TODAY, "Delta, Allegiant move gates in Memphis as airport shutters 55-year-old concourse," 2 Apr. 2018 The car rental location also feels miles away from baggage claim. miamiherald, "Enjoying the journey has been made easier, thanks to MIA’s recent improvements | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Practice on public transit can help a child learn what to expect, and visiting an airport lets him or her see security, baggage claim, etc. Kay Manning,, "Considering having a child fly solo? Here's what to know," 29 June 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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