Airline Introduces World’s First Electronic Baggage Tags As Missing Baggage Chaos Continues Across Multiple Countries
ALASKA Airlines has announced the launch of an electronic baggage tagging device that will streamline the flight check-in and boarding experience.
The devices are app-enabled and have a limited release slated for this fall.
Boarding a plane in the United States is far from frictionless, but electronic tags from Alaska Airlines could modernize one of the stressors experienced by passengers.
A press contact told The Sun that electronic luggage tags are expected to reduce the time spent checking bags by 40%.
“This technology allows our customers to tag their own baggage in seconds and makes the entire check-in process almost entirely out of the airport,” an Alaska Airlines official said in a press release posted on the company’s website.
2,500 Alaska Airlines travelers with MVP Elite status will be the first to test the new beacons later this year.
Electronic baggage tag users can activate their device at any time before check-in and drop off their cargo at self-service baggage drop without printing a tag.
The tag has an antenna and an electronic paper face to receive and display information from the passenger’s personal phone.
Simply touch a phone with the mobile app on the tag to activate it, and head to the airport for a 21st century boarding experience.
The same press release shared with The US Sun said the new system will allow passengers to get from curb to baggage drop to security in “as little as three minutes.”
Electronic baggage tags are also part of Alaska Airlines’ sustainability initiative.
They will reduce the amount of paper used for traditional labels and the devices, which “should last a lifetime”, don’t need batteries.
The airline, which carried more than 32 million passengers in 2021, uses San Jose International Airport as a test site for its seamless travel products.
Members of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan will be able to purchase an electronic baggage tag next year.
Air travel has faced tough waves of employee dissatisfaction, COVID-19 protocol enforcement, and a spike in interpersonal violence on planes.
But electronic luggage tags aim to reduce some of the pain of flying in today’s harsh environment.