This is the journey your suitcase takes in the airport

The conveyor inside Manchester Airport's terminal 2 is the size of eight football pitches


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You drop your luggage off at the airport check-in desk and your bags disappear.

Looking forward to your holiday, you head to security and get ready to board your plane.

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But have you ever wondered what happens to your luggage after you have dropped it off?

Footage filmed in Manchester Airport's Terminal 2 shows a bag travelling along the conveyor belt, making its way through the hub's hidden corridors.

Bags are entered into the system at the check-in desks by airline staff, the Manchester Evening News reports.

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Suitcases pass along a conveyor belt at Heathrow

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A robotic crane moves into position to collect a suitcase

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A suitcase passes along a conveyor belt

They attach a luggage tag which has its own unique barcode indicating the bag's destination and route.

This is read by a barcode scanner and routed through the network of conveyors to the correct collection chute for processing by baggage handling staff.

On route it passes through X-ray machines and other security devices before the tag is scanned again by a baggage handler at the collection chute.

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The operation is enormous at the UK's biggest airports

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Passengers queue to check-in at Manchester airport

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The footage shows what happens to your bags at Manchester Airport

The bags are then loaded onto carts and driven out to the aircraft for loading into the hold.

The footage really gives you an idea of just what happens until it is received by a baggage handler.

If you're wondering where all the other bags are, this footage was filmed in isolation, to give a clearer view of the process but your suitcase would normally be in good company.

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Last year more than nine million bags travelled through three terminals

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The conveyor inside terminal 2 is the size of eight football pitches

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The conveyor inside terminal 2 is the size of eight football pitches

In 2016 alone, more than nine million bags travelled through the three terminals.

Airport insiders say terminal 2's conveyor is the size of eight football pitches. And there are more than eight miles of baggage belts across the hub.

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The video shows the journey your bags go on at the airport

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The footage was taken at Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport has 229 check-in desks and 26 baggage X-ray machines.

There are also six extra routes - for oversize items like buggies, surf boards and bikes which would cause problems on the main conveyors.

Pictures inside the baggage conveyors also show the huge operation at Heathrow airport.

There are 30 miles of conveyors at Heathrow, 2.8 miles of tunnels and 44 baggage reclaim belts.

Around 53 million bags are processed every year through the airport.

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