Could we be entering a new era? One with no more lost luggage? Let’s see as Delta rolls out a whole new way to track luggage while it’s in transit.
Delta Air Lines announced a brand new program that uses technology called Radio Frequency Identification (RFID for short) that promises to prevent luggage from getting lost. It breaks down like this: tiny radio waves are emitted from your luggage in order to communicate its location to baggage handlers.
Delta plans to start putting paper RFID tags on passenger’s luggage as soon as this summer at 344 airports, including all flights to Atlanta, where the airline is based. Instead of a luggage tag with a barcode, passengers will see their bags being marked with an RFID tag instead. The bags will then be loaded onto the conveyor belts that bring them up into the airplane’s cargo hold. Once there, an electronic device will read the radio signal being broadcast from each tag and then the device will cross-check to make sure the bag is on the right flight.
If it’s not on the right place, a red light will flash and the belt will stop, allowing the baggage handler time to remove the offending bag from the belt and re-route it. Simple, right? With a 95% success rate of a bag being properly routed, we’d say your bags are pretty safe with Delta!