Here’s how to make your luggage stand out at the airport carousel.
Mix-ups at the luggage carousel are common, and no wonder: 55 percent of the bags made by Samsonite (the largest U.S. luggage maker) are black. VIA readers know how to make theirs stand out.
"Trade in your black suitcase for a red one," says Catherine Drury of Gearhart, Ore.
"Laminate a big picture of a loved one or pet and attach it to your suitcase with a small chain or plastic cord," advises Donna Clibbon of Banks, Ore.
"I tie a ribbon around my suitcase handle," writes Glenda McCan of Stockton, Calif.
"Use spray paint and a homemade cardboard stencil to display your initials," says Jane Wallace of Walnut Creek, Calif.
Illlustration by Michael Klein 
This article was first published in March 2006. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.