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Baggage carts, luggage carts, luggage trolleys or trolleys are small vehicles pushed by travelers (human-powered) to carry individual luggage,[citation needed] mostly suitcases. There are two major sizes: One for big luggage and one for small luggage.[clarification needed] Carts have usually two parts for carrying luggage: A small section (basket) for carry on luggage at the same level as the handle, and a lowered large section for suitcases a small and large bags.[citation needed]

The carts are provided in airports, large bus stations,[1] hotels, or train stations for transporting luggage and may be free of charge. They are sometimes owned by the operator of the establishment. In some facilities carts may be provided by a contractor such as Smarte Carte for a rental fee. Baggage carts are usually built out of steel and equipped with three or four wheels. For safety reasons, they are generally fitted with a brake.[citation needed] Usually, a handle has to be pushed down in order to move the cart, however, in some cases, such as London airports, the handle activates the brake. Very few carts, e.g. in developing countries such as Sri Lanka, do not have this feature.[citation needed]

Where a charge is made, this can be either a deposit, which is returned automatically when the cart is returned; or a rental fee can be charged.


In airports, boarding baggage cart parts are:[2]

Baggage tugs

A baggage tug is a small tractor, sometimes an electric vehicle, used by the airline industry to tow baggage carts to and from the terminal/cargo facility and the aircraft.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Belgrade Bus Station discriminated Roma baggage porters". A 11 Initiative. 26 February 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Baggage Tugs and Carts" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  3. ^ Baggage Tugs and Carts. Fundamentals Reference Guide Archived 2014-03-25 at the Wayback Machine.

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