Passengers traveling on flights operated by Alaska Airlines will be among the first in the United States to be able to transfer their flight details to an NFC-enabled electronic luggage tag attached to their checked baggage by touching their NFC-enabled smartphone to the device, eliminating the need to print a physical tag when they arrive at the airport.
Once they activate the battery-free programmable baggage tag, users can update the flight information displayed on the tag’s small electronic paper display from their NFC mobile device each time they check in. their baggage before a flight via the airline’s app.
At the airport, users will be able to directly scan the electronic baggage tag at an automatic drop-off point rather than having to first print out a paper tag and attach it to their baggage before dropping it off for loading. .
“Activation is done by simply touching the phone used for check-in to the electronic bag tag, which has an antenna that powers and reads information transmitted from the phone. The bag tag screen electronic paper will then display the customer’s flight information,” says Alaska Airlines.
“Electronic baggage tags will allow customers to skip the step of printing traditional baggage tags at the airport.
“Travelers will be able to activate devices from anywhere – their home, office or even their car – up to 24 hours before their flight via our mobile app.
“Our electronic baggage tag program is expected to reduce the time spent dropping off checked bags by nearly 40 percent.”
A short video shows how the NFC bag tag works:
Alaska Airlines plans to roll out NFC baggage tags to its 2,500 frequent flyers “in late 2022” and to members of its Mileage Plan loyalty program “early next year.”