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Most passengers do not understand the physical demands it takes to push their 50-pound suitcase up and down the narrow belly of a plane. They often hear and feel the “thump, thump, thump” of baggage being moved off and onto the belly of the plane and often worry whether or not their baggage and belongings will arrive unscathed.

Ramp Agent Loading baggage

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A ramp agent’s duty is to move a 50-pound bag to the back or front of the belly of the plane without causing much harm to themselves or the baggage. Space is so tight ramp agents can’t stand up, forcing them to work on their knees. The stress of moving a bag 35-feet is hard enough but to do it on your knees is stressful on agents’ backs, shoulders, and arms.

Baggage handling is a physically demanding job and leaves many ramp agents with lifelong injuries. These injuries can cost ground service companies millions of dollars every year in worker’s compensation claims. However, it isn’t simply a ramp agent’s injuries airlines and ground service companies need to be worried about; additional costs are accumulated by airlines when a passenger’s baggage is damaged during the loading and unloading process.

Damage to aircraft may cause a delay or cancelation of a passenger’s flight. The time it takes for ramp agents to load and unload baggage can result in passengers waiting for their baggage longer, causing them to miss a connecting flight or an important meeting upon their arrival.

TISABAS - Tim Saves Backs Ramper Innovations

TISABAS or Tim Saves Backs is the answer to helping ease the stress of ramp agents, damaged baggage and passengers missing important connections.

This innovative technology is an expandable and collapsible ramp conveyor that reaches the length of the belly of the plane. This new technology offers many benefits to ground service companies, ramp agents, airlines, and passengers.

  • It allows stress to be relieved on the ramp agent’s knees, back, and legs as they use the conveyor belt to simply move baggage to the back and front of the plane.
  • The ramp conveyor can be folded up making it easier for ramp agents to fill the plane.
  • Customers will no longer hear or see their bags being tossed around.
  • Airlines will be able to provide a better work environment for ramp agents with no lifelong injuries.
  • The cost of worker’s compensation for airlines will diminish with TISABAS.

The cost of TISABAS outweighs the lifelong cost of ramp agents’ injuries and customers’ damaged bags. With TISABAS ramp agents will have a healthier and happier work environment which in turn will help passengers have a smaller wait time and no worry of missing important connections or the process of filing a claim for damaged baggage.