Apple AirTags to the Rescue

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May 22. Apple AirTags are an affordable — and effective — bag tracking system. I recently put them to the test during an international flight when my bag was temporarily missing.

Like most frequent travelers, I never check a bag if I don’t have to. I research the aircraft type and try to book a flight on an aircraft with large overhead bins that can accommodate more bags. Of course, on smaller regional jets, I will part with my carry-on bag reluctantly (and preferably planeside). Even though the chances of a bag being misplaced — or usually just delayed — are still relatively low, I don’t like to check my bag. Of course, that changes on longer trips or, in this particular case, on ski vacations.

Major airlines across the globe — and especially in the U.S. — have added new technologies that enable a passenger to track a specific bag at various stages of its journey. I used to work for a major U.S. airline and was part of the team that rolled out the technology that provided real-time baggage tracking information; the real-time information even allows passengers to file a missing-baggage report before they even arrive at the baggage claim. While many airlines just rely on scanning the barcode at numerous points during a bag’s journey from check-in to baggage claim, the use of radio-frequency identification, or RFID, has expanded. Some airlines are also using other real-time tracking devices for pets.

While passengers might only see the scans of bags at specific points on a bag’s journey, behind the scenes the airlines usually have additional scan points that provide even greater details, especially if a bag is mishandled.

Source: The Point Guy

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