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RFID Technology for Baggage Tracking in the Airline Industry!

RFID is a relatively simple technology that is proving to have multiple uses in today’s modern world. Right now, it is commonly used in the supply and logistics industry, in toll payment, and IoT applications. In the last few years, RFID use has also started to gain traction in airports around the world.
Lost Luggage at Airports.
A SITA Baggage Report 2016 identified that as many as 23.1 million bags in airports are human errors and misplaced. Why does this happen?
Your Bag loaded into the Wrong Airplane an airport employee places the bag in the wrong conveyor belt, which is then loaded into the wrong airplane and the Wrong Destination
The baggage check-attendant accidentally types in the wrong Destination.
RFID enables Better Tracking a baggage tag that contains an RFID tag allows an airline to track luggage more effectively. The most common process at this time relies on a barcode system which requires tedious scanning. Here’s the impact the RFID tag system can have on the airline industry.
For Passengers: Baggage check-in enabled by mobile apps
Track the baggage and be aware of its location.
More easy check-in and more straightforward process for picking up luggage for Airports and Airlines improved customer satisfaction.
The decrease in the number of lost items results in reduced costs
Reduce departure delays
RFID Baggage Tags in the World
RFID baggage tags have already begun to impact the air transportation industry. Here’s how.
The Self-Service Airport:
The idea of a self-service or automated airport is gaining traction worldwide. Airlines are creating automated baggage check-in kiosks that are enabled by RFID technology. The Wall Street Journal did an excellent piece covering the growth of Self-Service Airports.
Delta Invests $50 Million on RFID for baggage tracking.
In more recent news, Delta Airlines invested $50 million in baggage tracking technology. Delta is one of the many airlines to do so. Qantas, Alaska, and Lufthansa are just some other airlines which are also investing heavily in this technology.
IATA Recommendation
International Air Transport Association (IATA) has recommended that airports continue to evolve their tracking technology.
RFID has a significant role to play in the airline industry, especially for baggage tags. We can’t wait to see which airlines adopt the technology next.

You Miss your Baggage at the Destination; it could happen due to several reasons such as you picked up the wrong bag or you are unable to find it at the conveyor belt.
The Label is Damaged
The label on your bag can get damaged during transit.
Many of these issues are human error issues, which can solve by enhancing the process through technology like RFID.
For information for any RFID products, please feel free to contact us at our toll-free number 1-800-537-1708.

IATA RFID Information fact-sheet-rfid-bag-tag