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Delta is rolling out RFID luggage tags by the end of summer

Engadget Engadget 29/04/2016 Andrew Dalton
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In an honorable attempt to make air travel slightly less terrible, Delta announced a new program this week that will track of checked baggage via paper RFID tags.

The program will replace the familiar barcode stickers that currently get slapped on checked baggage, and RFID readers at various points along a bag's journey will read the tag's radio signals to insure each piece of luggage is on headed to the right place. Delta expects to equip 344 airports with RFID readers by the end of August and while a system like this has been in the works for years, Delta claims they are the first to implement it at such a large scale.

Delta also claims it already has a 95 percent accuracy rate when it comes to routing bags, but it hopes to hit the near-perfect 99.9 percent once the radio tags are implemented. Still, as the world's second-largest airline with over 180 million customers per year, that means 18,000 unlucky people could potentially find themselves standing alone at one of Delta's carousels, wondering where their luggage is.

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