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Airline information technology company SITA released its annual report on airline baggage handling on Thursday, revealing that fewer than 6 bags per 1,000 passengers were mishandled last year. However, the chances that your bags will be misplaced are higher if you're making a connection: SITA reports that 47 percent of delayed bags were in the process of being transferred. Airlines are getting smarter about baggage handling, though, and relying on technology to help them improve. In fact, airlines are now 70 percent less likely to lose our bags than they were 10 years ago. "It is frustrating for passengers and airlines when bags go missing but the days of not knowing where your bag is will soon to be a thing of the past," said Ilya Gutlin, SITA president, air travel solutions.
A video clip obtained by The Sun purportedly shows baggage handlers kicking and hurling passengers' suitcases after dragging them from an easyJet plane. Some bags are thrown into a truck while others just crash onto the concrete runway below. One of the workers delivers a thumping kick to another bag as he tries to shove it further down the truck, which is parked next to the easyJet aircraft. The airline has since launched an investigation after the one-minute clip, which was filmed at Luton Airport last week, was made public online. The furious passenger who captured the incident can be heard saying, "How can you be so sick and disrespectful?
There is one overriding reason to consider paying as much as 1,300 for a suitcase with Rimowa's electronic tag: It makes checking your bag a breeze, saving loads of time. The tech uses an app, an electronic ink display, and back-end integration with airline baggage systems to create and display a baggage tag. This lets you skip the part where an airline counter clerk loops one of those sticky paper tags through the handle of your luggage. The E Ink screen on the side of the bag can display a unique airline baggage tag every time you fly. Of course this requires an app.
IATA Resolution 753, which comes into effect this June, commits airlines to keeping track of baggage movements and aims to significantly reduce mishandled and misdirected bags. But it also creates new volumes of data, which SITA reports, could be handled more efficiently with AI tools like machine learning, robotics and predictive analytics. In a new report, Intelligent Tracking: A Baggage Management Revolution, SITA shares a vision of interconnected smart devices and applications that can inform each other of baggage movements with limited human intervention. By embracing new technologies and refining processes, the air transport industry has reduced its baggage mishandling cost from $4.22 billion to $2.1 billion over the past decade. The objective of Resolution 753 is to reduce that figure further, keeping passengers happy and protecting airlines from liability.