It’s going to be a slow-moving process, but by 2018 officials are hoping to increase bag capacity and processing by about 40%. The new system will know—at least in theory—where your bag is located among nearly 13 miles of conveyor belts. Robots will also be helping out, as they will be the ones actually moving your bag about at different times. Things will all be linked to the real-time flight statuses, so your bag should never be delayed even if your plane is.
IBM is already working with other airports on similar technologies, but they’re kind of hush-hush about it for the time being. We’re all in favor of better bag management, but maybe when they’ve mastered the checked baggage situation, they can prepare some strategies for us to deal with the battle for the overhead bins.
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