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United to Test High-Tech Scannable Bag Tags


Roger Yu at USA Today reports that United will begin testing new checked-bag tags with radio frequency identification chips (RFID) that should make checking a bag easier and quicker.

According to Yu, "Customers can check in for their flight online or [use] a kiosk, then drop off the bag in a designated spot, where an airline employee scans the tag and checks the passenger's identification. Once the passenger leaves, the tag is scanned again, and the bag enters the screening process."

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United will use about 1,000 frequent flyers to test the new tags at Chicago O'Hare over the next six weeks. The carrier hopes RFID tags will replace conventional tags in the near term.

Sounds quick and easy, doesn't it? Plus, RFID tags are more accurate than bar-code tags, which are more vulnerable to missed scans. Do you think RFID tags are the future, and will they lead to a smoother check-in process?

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