Delta Airlines introduces RFID tagging in UK to help track your baggage via app

Transport, Travel Gadgets


Delta’s airport staff and flight attendants celebrate the arrival of its baggage tracking service in front of Tower Bridge, London.

No more worrying about where your bag is. Or at least you’ll know if/when it goes missing! Delta Airlines has introduced a new service which allows customers to keep track of their checked bags on its flights between London Heathrow to the United States via their mobile phones. 

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) bag tags are added to all checked luggage enabling customers to receive real-time updates on the whereabouts of their luggage from check-in to the arrival carousel.

The tags are read by RFID antennas at various points along the journey and customers’ receive push notifications via their phones on the Fly Delta app.

Says Corneel Koster, Delta’s senior vice president Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. 

“Carrying more than 1.3 million bags between London Heathrow and the United States each year, our new service gives customers peace of mind because they know we’re looking after their bags every step of the way.”

The UK launch follows what Delta claims was a successful roll-out in the US. Initial results of RFID-tagged items show they are tracked at a 99.9 percent success rate, ensuring proper routing and loading.

In addition to live updates, customers can now access a map view of their bag’s journey in the United States through the Delta Fly app although you still need to decode the TSA liquids rule before boarding! 

Delta has invested more than $50 million to ensure the accurate routing and loading of the 180 million bags it handles each year. 

The airline’s additional European hubs, Amsterdam and Paris, are due to come online in the coming months with every one of Delta’s 344 airports across the globe scheduled to receive the technology.

Customers who book Delta-operated flights through its partner Virgin Atlantic, can use the bag tracking service on flights departing London Heathrow. The Fly Delta app is available to download free of charge on all Apple and Android devices.

Chris Price
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