The RFID technology is inherently more efficient because you can capture data without expending nearly as much money and effort.
With the implementation of this tracking tool, passengers will not experience any additional process changes or steps to take as far as the flying experience is concerned — except the potential for a better baggage handling experience. To date, RFID has been implemented by just a handful of airports and airlines. Since Delta Air Lines launched RFID tagging in 2016, the airline has been collecting data to make improvements and adjustments to baggage handling. Now, with RFID tagging, 99.9% of Delta bags are being tracked accurately, according to RFID Journal.
With RFID technology, bar codes for baggage tracking could be a thing of the past. There are many benefits to favoring RFID technology over bar codes. For a standard bar code tag, line of sight is required to collect an effective scan, like at most grocery store checkouts. With RFID, bag tags can be obstructed and still emit data when energized by readers without the need for human intervention. In addition, information can be gathered at a greater distance than that of the standard bar code tags, allowing less physical effort and a quicker pace for collecting information.
An RFID tag is much more durable than its bar code counterpart. When a bar code tag gets crumpled or creased as it makes its way through the travel process, it becomes increasingly difficult for automatic tag readers and airline staff to obtain a proper scan. The RFID tag continues to emit data even when the tag experiences the wear and tear of the baggage handling process.
“The RFID technology is inherently more efficient because you can capture data without expending nearly as much money and effort,” Sims says. “Technically, it’s safer too, as automating repetitive bag handling processes reduces the exposure of working in a hazardous environment.”
IATA will continue encouraging airlines to use RFID tagging systems on checked baggage. As aging infrastructure and ongoing growth drive the modernization of baggage handling, RFID can help solve many challenges the aviation industry faces today.