Increased Lightning Means Baggage Collection At Changi Airport May Get Delayed

Did you know that Singapore has one of the highest occurrences of lightning activity in the world? With almost 170 thunderstorm days a year, it’s no wonder we’re giving Florida a run for their money as the lightning capital of the world.

Because of this, those arriving at Changi Airport may experience delays when retrieving their luggage. Especially since we’re in the monsoon season, where the heavy rain and lightning may force ground handlers to temporarily stop retrieving baggage from aircraft.


However, the people over at Changi Airport have installed several measures to help those affected.

Let’s find out what they’ve done.

Expect thundery showers in December

According to the National Environmental Agency, wet weather conditions are expected to prevail during the first two weeks of December — where Singapore can expect to face “moderate to heavy” short-duration thundery showers on five or six days. Widespread moderate to heavy thunder showers can also be expected.


Because of this, Changi Airport Group (CAG) explained that baggage claim timings could possibly be affected in order to ensure the safety of baggage handling staff.

When there is lightning activity, there is also the possibility of a “side flash”, where dangerous static electric discharge occurs even when the workers are standing close to the aircraft and not in contact with any object.

Under normal conditions, most passengers can expect to retrieve their bags within 35 minutes after the plane has parked.

What Changi Airport is doing about this?

Firstly, a signage alerting passenger of delays known as “lightning cubes” will be deployed and place on the belts of affected flights.

The cubes are currently being tested at Terminal 3 with plans to roll it out across other terminals.

Secondly, passengers can also expect refreshments such as bottled water, canned coffee, packet Milo and biscuits while they wait.


CAG will even converted certain areas in the Baggage Claim Hall of Terminals 2 and 3 into arrival lounges fully equipped with Wi-Fi and power outlets for those affected.

Lastly, if the situation gets worse, complimentary delivery services would be provided for those who decide to head back home or to their hotels first.

Netizens full of praise for Changi

These measures have been met with a largely positive reception from Singaporeans who praised Changi as one of the best airports in the world.


Many have also complimented their emphasis on the safeties of their employees.



What do you think of what Changi is doing? Do you agree with their safety measures for employees? Are are you satisfied with how they’re making it up for those affected?

Let us know in the comments below.

To those who are coming back from their holidays, please do spare a thought for the staff working on the ground.

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