Look At God! Lost Luggage Will Soon Become A Thing Of The Past

October 24, 2016  |  

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If you have a gnawing fear that your luggage will get lost every time your travel, fear not—pretty soon it will no longer be an issue.

According to Travel and Leisure, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Passenger Summit revealed that 33 percent of travelers surveyed rather self-tag their bags than have airline employees do it for them, while another 39 percent prefer the use of electronic bag tags that can be programmed at home with 61 percent saying they would like the ability to track their bag throughout their trip. Because of these findings, airline companies will soon require all passenger bags be tracked, especially at transfer points, beginning in 2018.

“Air transport technology company SITA says that real-time tracking of luggage tracking could also save the aviation industry $3 billion over the next seven years,” Travel and Leisure claims. Although 2018 may seem far away, Delta Airlines already introduced RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) luggage tags this past April. David Hosford, Delta’s manager of baggage performance strategy, shared, “We are investing in RFID to further improve our baggage handling rates and improve the customer experience. RFID technology provides us with more data and more precise tracking information throughout the baggage journey.” The RFID tags appear like ordinary tags but have a chip where a barcode scan is placed. So even if the printed barcode is damaged, the chip allows it to still be read when trying to identify who the bag belongs to or what flight it needs to go on.

UK based luggage company Airportr has also partnered with British Airways to transport luggage to and from any destination by picking up your luggage from any address in London…all for a fee of $36. You’ll be able to track your bag to ensure it arrived safely at the airport and your destination, without having to lug it around, especially if you have to run errands or attend an event as soon as you land in your destination.

Brilliant! These new measures definitely expand the definition of stress-free travel.

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