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Designworks partnered with British Airways to make the new tags

Waiting for paper tags to check your bags at the airport could soon be a thing of the past. 

Designworks has come up with a new way to tag luggage with electronic Bag Tags. This eliminates the need for a bag check where paper tags are printed out and attached to luggage each time you travel, since these electronic tags can be used over and over again. 

This is how it works: the electronic tag is attached to a piece of luggage, and once checked in,  the flyer hovers their smartphone over the tag. This updates the tag with a barcode, which contains the flight details and where the bag should go. 

From there, the bag is simply taken to the bag drop, where it's scanned and placed on the correct plane. This leaves the flyer plenty of time to go through security instead of waiting to have paper tags printed. 

Designworks partnered with British Airways to make the new tags. 

If the tags were to catch on, they could cut paper waste each time a flyer travels, and can save time at the bag check by simply dropping luggage off with the appropriate details already in place. 

Source: Designworks

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Does checkin work different outside the US?
By sticks435 on 6/27/2013 3:08:10 PM , Rating: 2
Here is the States, most of your time is spent standing in line for a boarding pass to show security at the gate, not checking in luggage, so I don't really see how this will catch on here. The airline tags the bag at the same time they give me my pass, and I walk about 10 feet and drop the bag off. Maybe things work different in the UK, since it seems this is where it was designed.

RE: Does checkin work different outside the US?
By Solandri on 6/27/2013 3:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
More and more airlines are offering home check-in. A few hours before your flight, you go to their website, login to your account, and print your boarding passes at home. This is both in the U.S. and internationally.

At the airport, you wait in line to check in your bags. Then you head to security to get to the gate.

Some airlines can even send your boarding pass to your phone (though I'm not sure how the TSA deals with these). When you're boarding the plane at the gate, all the airline really needs is the barcode off your boarding pass and your ID. So a virtual ticket displayed on your phone works fine.

The long lines are more a consequence of insufficient personnel to deal with customers, whether they be waiting for boarding passes, waiting to check in bags, or waiting to get through security. Asia and the bigger U.S. airlines seem to be the worst in this respect. The smaller U.S. airlines and the European airlines seem to have the shortest lines. My sample is limited to about 1-2 international trips a year though. Even though my frequent flyer miles are with United, I try whenever possible to book a codeshare flight on an international carrier. United sucks, but Star Alliance rocks.

By fic2 on 6/27/2013 4:42:03 PM , Rating: 2
My one international trip on a Star Alliance airline (New Zealnd Air) was denied mileage because I was in to low of a class (i.e. my ticket was too cheap even though it was over $1k).

But, NZ air (and country) definitely rock.

By sticks435 on 6/27/2013 7:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
Fair enough. I only fly about once a year on Southwest and don't have a printer at home, so I usually get a pass and check my bag at same time lol.

By Strunf on 6/28/2013 7:57:58 AM , Rating: 2
It's the same everywhere, this is not really made to make it faster since you'll always wait at the security check and since it's here that you wait the most it doesn't really matter how fast you do any precedent step...

They developed this to save costs, if on average it takes 2 min to do the Check-in and with this it only takes 1.5 min then they save a lot of time and could open less gates, less gates = less employees = profit. It's like on-line check-in, it doesn't really save you much time, I don't travel much but I've experienced the 90's boarding style and today's style (on-line check-in, only hand bag), well frankly I don't think I see that much of difference in time needed, in the past I waited to dispatch my baggage/check in, today I wait at the security check.

Who is responsible?
By Isidore on 6/27/2013 12:48:18 PM , Rating: 2
All very fine but how will it alter who is responsible if your bag ends up in the wrong continent? You will have tagged your own bag so it will be your fault.

RE: Who is responsible?
By othercents on 6/27/2013 1:28:50 PM , Rating: 2
Regardless how it is tagged the bag might end up somewhere else. Self Tagging is fine for me even if it is the paper tags like they use now.

A fully automated system that will also load and unload the bag on the airplane would decrease the issue of lost luggage. This way once the bag hits the conveyer belt no human will touch it until the bag gets to the destination.

By danjw1 on 6/27/2013 4:26:25 PM , Rating: 2
What this is missing is RFID, which would allow the airline to track the bag anywhere in the baggage handling area. This would make a significant dent in lost bags, I think. Better yet build it into the luggage.

By drycrust3 on 6/27/2013 5:31:15 PM , Rating: 2
What this is missing is RFID, which would allow the airline to track the bag anywhere in the baggage handling area.

Totally agree. That would be extremely useful. When I was involved in trying to track items being couriered in and out of a transit warehouse, it was obvious that there needed to be some way to locate items lost inside the warehouse.

By Shadowmaster625 on 6/27/2013 3:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
I hope this doesnt impact security in any way. Imagine the underwear bomber, instead of being escorted past security with the help of criminal rogue government agents, can now simply place his bombs inside the luggage and use a hacked tag to get fast tracked past all security.

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