Airlines Developing GPS Tracking for Luggage

 

Several European airlines are developing their own GPS tracking devices for luggage. The devices wont’ just help travelers locate lost bags, but airlines also hope it will make the check-in process quicker and smoother.

British Airlines was conducting tests on a digital tag last year and hopes it will be available for customers by the end of 2014.  A spokeswoman for the airline said, ““The device is designed to create a hassle-free check-in experience. It will save them time at the airport. The personalized digital bag tag changes with the swipe of a smartphone to upload the traveler’s next destination.”

Air France is also working on a GPS tracking device with FastTrack Company that consists of a digital luggage tag paired with a smartphone app. The devices could be used independently as well as with any airline, not just Air France. The airline hopes their device will launch later this year as well.