Several European airlines are developing their own GPS tracking devices for luggage. The devices wont’ just help travelers locate lost bags, but airlines also hope it will make the check-in process quicker and smoother.
British Airlines was conducting tests on a digital tag last year and hopes it will be available for customers by the end of 2014. A spokeswoman for the airline said, ““The device is designed to create a hassle-free check-in experience. It will save them time at the airport. The personalized digital bag tag changes with the swipe of a smartphone to upload the traveler’s next destination.”
Air France is also working on a GPS tracking device with FastTrack Company that consists of a digital luggage tag paired with a smartphone app. The devices could be used independently as well as with any airline, not just Air France. The airline hopes their device will launch later this year as well.