Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 07 Mar 2017
Total posts 31
So I recently flew ADL-SYD-DXB-LHR, and also ADL-MEL-DXB-LHR. On both occasions (no, I didn't learn from the first time) was told on checking in at ADL that I had to remove my Q tags as Sydney (and second time around Melbourne) equipment would get confused with the "empty" Qtag alongside a standard printed luggage label and "hold my luggage" an that my luggage may get stuck in Sydney (Melbourne) and not make it onto my international flight. Apparently both airports lack the "technology" according to the check in staff.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 248
Yes, pretty much everybody who has tried to do this. It is standard QF practice to tell people with international connections to remove the Q tags completely. They should be used on domestic ONLY itineraries. And for what it's worth, I would consider it fairly risky to fly with just the Q tags as the only nametags on your bags. They are prone to getting caught in the conveyor machinery and getting ripped off - leaving your bags with no name tag and the staff with no idea where the bag is supposed to be going.
Member since 09 Oct 2017
Total posts 3
I have flown several times from SYD to NRT via BNE and had no issue leaving the Q Tag on. Check-in staff did not warn me about it either. Not sure why BNE would use different technology to SYD or MEL?
Qantas - P1 Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 Apr 2013
Total posts 85
My impression that it i a bit of an Adelaide thing. This issue has been raised before and people reported that they have had no issues going from domestic to international flights. However, every time I leave from ADL to go to MEL or SYD and then international, I have been warned by check-in staff to remove my Q tag for the reasons noted by the original poster.
Member since 03 Jan 2013
Total posts 24
All mine sit in a drawer at home - I tried embracing new technology but after 3 disasterous attempts and the fact that they're no good for international which is probably 70% of my flying it's easier for me to leave them off and stick to the thermal tags printed at the airport.
Member since 27 Jul 2016
Total posts 32
Have flow domestically with Q tags only and no probs. Have also left them on bags when travelling OS with no problem. Just saying...
Member since 18 Jan 2017
Total posts 9
I've left my tags on my bags since i received them, mainly as an identifier.I do SYD/MEL/DXB (For the morning arrival time in Dubai through QF9) and have never been challenged.
Qantas - Platinum (Lifetime Gold)
Member since 25 Apr 2013
Total posts 51
Ditto for me out of BNE, no problems on any international flights, whether direct or via SYD & MEL. I alway have my business card visible inside my bags in case one, or more, external bag tags come off.
Member since 15 Feb 2013
Total posts 12
I’ve gone MEL-BNE-NRT, MEL-SYD-LAX, and probably a couple of others and never had an issue, and was never advised by check in staff to remove them either.
Member since 29 Oct 2012
I've done many dom-int connections with them on and it's never been a problem. Sounds like an ADL thing - it probably happened once and is now gospel in that port.
Member since 20 Sep 2011
Total posts 2
I have never been told to remove them flying MEL LAX and return, and SYD DFW, nor domestically in USA and Canada.
Member since 08 Dec 2011
I have flown over a 100 flights international and many with domestic connections and never had any problem with the Q tags. Mind you I always get a normal bag tag put on as well for the international sectors.
Member since 25 Jul 2011
Total posts 8
I've flown with my Q-Tags on all my bags since introduction. Never been asked to take them off, and the only time I have had a bag go missing is when flying through Dallas or New York. Have not been to Adelaide in that time however.
Member since 23 Feb 2017
Total posts 15
I have flown overseas on QF, CX and SQ metal with Q-tags. No problems as they are just identifiers. Paper tags are placed on the suitcase with the correct destination.
Member since 26 Apr 2015
Total posts 6
I have flown all over the world with the tags on and never had a problem (nor been told to take them off at Canberra airport), however my daughter has been told to remove them when flying out of Canberra, so who knows.....
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