Stand Below Your Bag on an Escalator

Stand below your bag on an escalatorEach Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Jeff M., who says:

“Stand on the step below your suitcase on an escalator in case it tips over. Saw a person’s suitcase tip over on an escalator and it took off like a log in a log chute, crashing into the legs of the person below. Everyone was ok but potentially this could be a serious injury, especially if it knocked people over on the steep slope.”

A great tip. Thanks, Jeff!

Related: Travel Video of the Week: Pyongyang Metro Escalator

 

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4 Comments on "Stand Below Your Bag on an Escalator"

  1. Also regarding luggage – if you’re going through a turnstile, push your luggage in front of you. In case you get caught in it, someone behind you can’t grab your luggage and run away with it.

  2. OMG, this is such a great tip, I always lug my bag behind me, how horrifying it would be if it tipped back into people. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. The up or down direction matters here. Yes, stand below your bag if you’re on the UP escalator. But if you stand on the step below the bag as suggested when going down, you will be in front of the bag. And if you’re not holding onto your luggage and have it behind you as suggested, if it tips over, the bag will push you off balance, sending you tumbling down the escalator. Simple advice: always hold the luggage’s extended handle to retain control, or take the adjacent elevator if you have too many bags to control. (The photo illustration you chose was on a down escalator wisely showing not standing on the step below your bag.) The writer was not specific, but their advice to stand on the step below would be safest only on an escalator heading UP.

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