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.
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.