British Airways' Electronic Bag Tags Enter a Trial Run
This month features a step forward for British Airways and their latest idea, as the carrier is starting to test out their new electronic baggage tags. We’ve mentioned these before, as British Airways tries to streamline the process just like their buddies over at Qantas (they have those handy dandy Q-Tags).
The British Airways recipe is a little bit different, but the theme kind of remains the same. Instead of utilizing paper baggage tags, now passengers get an electronic tag that contains a little screen that can be changed up depending on where they’re heading. Think of it as a really small e-reader—complete with e-ink—that can display different barcodes and different destinations. Let’s just hope hackers—or friends pulling pranks—can’t get into these suckers, as a quick change of the letters might just send your bag on vacation without you.
The idea is that travelers will use their mobile devices to beam their information, and then the electronic destination details will appear on the bag tag. The tags can be used over and over again, assuming the battery life is pretty generous. So no need for paper tags, stickers, and the usual suitcase identifiers.
Right now it looks like just employees from Microsoft are testing things out, and they’re doing so with some of those Nokia Lumia phones which, funny enough, run the Windows Phone operating system. The trials should last a month or so, and then hopefully they’ll open up the floodgates for one all and all to take them for a spin.
[Photo: British Airways / Daily Mail]