Baggage handlers caught playing 'toss the bag' with luggage at US airport
An airline has been forced to apologise after members of staff were caught throwing luggage around a US airport.
Passenger Chase Platon filmed baggage handlers for Alaska Airlines playing 'toss the bag', where staff took it in turns to see who could propel a suitcase the furthest in a loading area.
Platon recorded the footage at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California and posted it on Facebook, where it has since been viewed more than 25,000 times.
"Ever wonder what #southwest does with your bags?" he captioned the clip, adding: "Seriously! The guy saw me and didn't bat an eye!"
Though Platon initially claimed Southwest Airlines workers were behind the stunt, Alaska Airlines issued a statement confirming it was their employees caught on camera.
However the airline said the suitcase in question did not belong to a passenger - instead it was a "dummy bag" filled with magazines.
"Regrettably, our employees were tossing a company rollaboard bag that was filled with magazines as part of an employee game," a spokesperson said.
"No passenger bags were used for this activity. This game should not have been played at the airport.
"The optics of the video are unfortunate and we apologise for any confusion this has caused San Jose travellers or Southwest Airlines."
Platon told KPIX 5 he was "a little peeved" and "a little concerned" at the incident.
"It seemed inappropriate … It looked like they were all having fun. An airport is not the kind of place where you'd expect something like this, especially in this day and age."