Airlines on track with new digital tags

By Time of article published May 5, 2014

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Online check-in has made it easier to reserve your place on a fight, but it cannot stop the dreaded bag drop queues when you arrive at the airport.

In a bid to solve this, Air France and KLM have created a digital tag and a tracking device that not only allow you to bypass this airport chore, but could also spell the end of lost luggage.

Both devices are linked to the airlines’ Flying Blue accounts and flight information is automatically updated before every journey.

The eTrack is placed inside the luggage and can be traced online, while the eTag is securely fixed to a handle using padlock codes.

The scheme will launch by the end of the year, but prices for using it have not been announced.

In October, British Airways began customer-trials of similar bag-tags.

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