Electronic Baggage Tags Coming Soon to Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines will launch an electronic baggage tag later this year, becoming the America’s first airline do this. Instead of having to print out the usual baggage tags when you arrive at the airport, you’ll be able to activate the device up to 24 hours before their flight through the Alaska Airlines app. This means you will be able to activate the beacon from anywhere: your car, your home, even at work.
To activate the beacon, which is designed to be so durable it could potentially last a lifetime, all you have to do is touch your phone to the beacon. The beacon is equipped with an antenna which will collect flight information from the app and display it on the screen of the beacon.
“This technology allows our customers to tag their own baggage in seconds and makes the entire check-in process almost entirely out of the airport,” said Charu Jain, senior vice president of merchandising and innovation for Alaska Airlines. in a press release. “Not only will travelers with the devices be able to drop off their bags quickly, but our electronic baggage tags will also help reduce queues in our concourses and give our employees the opportunity to spend more one-on-one time. with customers requesting assistance.”
The tags will first be given to Alaska’s 2,500 frequent flyers at the end of 2022. Then, in 2023, Mileage Plan members will be able to purchase the tags. The airline has not specified the cost of the tags at this time, but the hope is that they will reduce the time passengers spend checking in by around 40%.
Personally, I’m interested in any technology that allows me to keep my checked bags together on my next vacation.