The luggage that will never be lost

What if we never had to worry about lost luggage again? Airbus has helped develop technology which could eliminate the problem of missing baggage, which costs the aviation industry nearly £2 billion a year.

According to the latest industry figures around four pieces of luggage will be lost on the average Boeing 747 flight.

One of the major reasons for luggage being lost is when the paper tags carrying the bar code are ripped off as cases are shunted along conveyor belts to the aircraft.

It was this which led to the loss of thousands of bags by British Airways following the chaotic opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 in March 2008.

British Airways have also come up with their own way to solve this problem to avoid cases like those at terminal 5. The British Airways and Design Works bag tag will be trialled next month and will do away with the above mentioned paper tags that cause so many problems in luggage loss. Once checked in, customers just need to hold their smartphone over the electronic tag, which automatically updates with a unique barcode containing their flight details and an easy-to-see view of their bag's destination. Read more here.

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