Delta Air Lines to use new tracking system for luggage
ATLANTA- Delta Air Lines will soon roll out a new method of checking and tracking luggage.
The airline announced last week that it will use radio frequency identification (RFID) to track luggage.
The way RFID will work is that tiny radio waves will be able to send its location to luggage handlers to help track bags and prevent them from getting lost or misdirected.
When passenger’s get their bags checked for flights, an RFID tag will be placed on it instead of the digital bar code tag passengers normally get.
As the bags are loaded onto conveyor belts that roll up into the airplane’s cargo holds, an electronic device will read the radio signal that will be broadcasted from each RFID tag.
The signal then checks the tag against a database to ensure that the bag belongs on that flight.
The system will trigger a red light on the conveyor belt if the bag does not belong and the belt will automatically stop to allow for the luggage handler to remove the bag from the belt and re-route it to its correct location.
The RFID tags will also allow for a faster process to find a bag in the cargo hold by tacking radio signals in the tags if a passenger has to suddenly get off of a plane.
The airline plans to start using the technology by the end of August at 344 airports and will be the world’s second largest airline to do so. Australia’s Qantas airline has used the RFID tags.
Most airlines currently use tags with digital bar codes that do not broadcast any radio signals.
The system is expected to save Delta time and money from lost and mis-routed luggage. The airline also expects a 99 percent rate of properly routed bags with the new tracking.