How RFID Technology is Improving Airline Luggage Handling

by Aryn Birge

While you may have had a splendid time in the Caribbean, your luggage, on the other hand, spent the vacation holed up in a Detroit baggage claim office. If this all-too-common situation sounds familiar, we’ve got some great news for you.

Delta Airlines recently sought to cure the age-old problem of lost, misdirected (dare we say, vaporized?) luggage by implementing RFID bag tags to passengers’ checked luggage.

According to SITA, more than 20 million pieces of luggage are mishandled each year. While this is a frustration for travelers, it is especially troubling for airlines, who shell out billions of dollars on redirection and reimbursement costs.

Delta Airlines Invests in RFID Technology

Recently, Delta Airlines invested over $100 million to deploy RFID-enabled baggage sorting systems at two of the nation’s busiest airports in New York City and Atlanta. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has been working with partners to see this technology implemented within all airlines by 2020.

The RFID Journal states, “Delta Air Lines deserves a lot of credit for being the first airline to show that RFID could be a cost-effective solution to the problem.” A passenger will be able follow their bags on the Delta app and be notified when the luggage has been placed on the plane. This will assist airlines in locating bags should they be misplaced or put on the wrong flight.

Much like this prototype software, EnaSys inventory tracking and asset tagging software can be used in many applications, from tracking office equipment to documents to aeronautical equipment, luggage, and everything in between. EnaSys uses real-time tracking via portals and handheld scanners to determine where critical assets like your luggage are located at any given time. Assets can be assigned to a user and still have their location tracked as they move throughout any facility. This reduces costs by eliminating lost assets and time spent searching for them. EnaSys also includes custom reporting tools to keep track of when and where items have moved.

EnaSys can be utilized across many different business applications. Contact one of our inventory tracking and asset tagging software experts today to find an asset tracking solution that works for you.

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