By next June, IATA members will be required to use RFID tags for baggage tracking. The technology would cut down on lost luggage and save airlines money.
Among the many annoying things about flying, perhaps the most frustrating is lost luggage.
Industry groups realize this, and they’re taking steps to ensure it happens as little as possible—and adding technology to improve airlines’ ability to track a lost bag.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working on helping its members implement Resolution 753, a new industry regulation that will require checked baggage to be tracked using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. The resolution, which the global group formulated with Airlines for America in 2013, will be fully implemented by June 2018.