Solving Airline Baggage Handling with RAIN RFID

Christi Juchmes, Product Marketing Manager, Silicon Products

July 18, 2019

Accurate data about checked baggage is no longer optional.

The journey of a checked bag is long and a significant source of stress throughout the air travel industry. Passengers fear their luggage will be lost or damaged and airlines dread incurring costs associated with the correction of mishandled baggage. 

Diagram of how RAIN RFID optimizes the journey of checked baggage at airports

The pain of customers and airlines can slow down entire airports, costing these travel hubs both financially and reputationally. In 2017, approximately 4.6 billion bags were lost or delayed worldwide, costing the airline industry $2.3 billion USD.

IATA Resolution 753

There is a solution: the International Airline Transport Association (IATA) has presented Resolution 753. This resolution is IATA’s commitment to lowering the rate of mishandled bags worldwide by encouraging airlines to track luggage at critical points along the baggage handling process.

What does this mean for the industry?

Though IATA doesn’t specify what method of tracking is best for this initiative, RAIN RFID is a leading solution. With real-time data about checked luggage, airlines can pinpoint baggage location from check-in to baggage claim. This increased visibility means the air transport industry has fewer mishandled bags which leads to lower overall operating costs.

Want to learn more about RAIN RFID in Air Transportation? Read our white paper: Solving Baggage Handling Challenges in the Modern Air Transportation Industry.


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