Global Airline Association Approves RFID Baggage Tracking Requirements

Gaylene Meyer

June 8, 2018

Nothing puts a damper on a vacation like missing luggage. The headache, the stress, the cost—it’s almost enough to make someone not want to fly. It’s definitely enough to make travelers think carefully when choosing their airlines and airports.

baggage on carousel at airport

So it comes as little surprise that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) this week voted to approve a mandate requiring member airlines to implement RFID baggage tracking. IATA will develop implementation standards over the next year, with the goal of rolling out the technology globally by 2020. According to IATA, member airlines represent 83% of global air traffic.

Airlines and airports are no stranger to RAIN RFID.  Airports such as London Heathrow and Las Vegas’s McCarran Airport use RAIN RFID to make everything from finding a luggage trolley to sorting and tracking luggage easy. But much of the recent momentum in the industry stems from Delta’s award-winning RAIN RFID baggage tracking program, which has helped directly connect consumers with the technology by allowing them to track the movement of their luggage from their phone.

These types of baggage tracking solutions, among others, have helped the industry drop their lost luggage rate by about 70% over the last decade. It’s impressive progress to be sure, but the work isn’t over yet.

With major airlines using Impinj Monza tag chips to help track luggage, it’s exciting to see this adoption grow. Though RAIN RFID typically works behind the scenes in business applications, this is a great example of how the technology impacts—and will continue to impact—our everyday lives, whether it’s down on earth, or up 40,000 feet above the ground.

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Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, and automobile parts to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, and asset tracking. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.

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