Story last updated at 8/12/2009 - 1:16 pm
I have airport and airline experience in my background. I can tell you that having only one large Y-shaped luggage carousel is outdated. This makes me wonder about the company in Ketchikan's knowledge about operating an airport luggage carousel.
Having only one large Y-shaped carousel is bad for many reasons.
In one scenario, airport luggage carousel employees at the Juneau airport are through transporting luggage from one aircraft and ready, willing and waiting to deal with the next aircraft except for lost luggage. I am guessing it would take three times around this large Y-shaped carousel ramp in order to find lost luggage which needs to be rerouted. This takes needed time before the next load of aircraft luggage can be placed on an empty luggage carousel ramp. This makes no sense.
It makes sense having two smaller twin carousels, with two to four motors for backups being the airport's call. Twin luggage carousels are also easier for the disabled and regular passengers alike.
The proposed bid for one large Y-shaped carousel takes up precious space in a useless and time demeaning way for all the wrong reasons, like there being more than one aircraft with luggage to contend with but are not able to do so because the luggage carousel ramp is not empty yet.
With only one large Y-shaped carousel, it will take larger and more motors to run the carousel in this large ramp, and what about the backup's motors? If we accept the new planned luggage carousel there will be many problems to deal with from the get go.
Expansion would be good with the two isolated 12 feet between the two luggage carousels to add a third luggage carousel unit if needed would be easier in the future.
Each luggage carousel would be lighted with flight numbers like all newer airports. Two luggage carousels are smaller and better for disabled and regular passengers alike.
There could be door to door service for inbound passengers to step out of the north end of the building and into a waiting taxi that will get your bags and take you to your destination. Line the taxi parking two car lengths by the Aurora Room or the end of the terminal zone.
This expansion is needed right now and has taken a while getting here the way it should be, if we are lucky.
Kathy Seale, Juneau