It has taken an economist to calculate a great way to stop your airline luggage going astray permanently!
Self-taught computer techie and trained economist Max Rangeley (33) has created a high tech micro chip baggage label that allows your airline suitcase to be tracked by a whole host of baggage handling and airport computer based systems anywhere in the world.
Called the ReboundTAG and costing around £25 initially for the first year and thereafter £4.99 per year the unique tag can be tracked and found easily in a giant multi-terminal airport or even and very soon at a remote landing strip in the African bush, for example. This is a natural broadening of the service they can offer and this development is to be announced soon.
Once your tag is activated and registered personally or to an organisation it can then be affixed to a suitcase and is ready for use. The tags can be customised for larger orders however the bar code and their unique number is logged for each individual customer but more importantly no personal details are held or printed on the tag.
That personal information is only held by the Devon UK based company, the tag is fitted with two micro chips, one with permanent identifier information and one chip that is encode-able with current flight information.
Rebound Tag in Airport’s System
In this case if the bag has just been loaded say for example on a flight from the Middle East to the Far East then that information will get updated on their tracking system. Even if the case was put on the wrong plane then the record will show where it is or was and it can therfore be traced very quickly from that real time information.
Figures for lost and I love the phrase ‘mishandled’ luggage do vary from airport to airport and airline to airline but it appears to be around the figure that 2% of bags do get mishandled!
Therefore if you are on a A380 that means around 525 passengers and lets say with just one suitcase each that’s 10 cases mishandled or around 2 or 3 cases for an Airbus A320 or a Boeing 777 around 6 cases. The odds are that if you do fly on a regular basis then at some stage you may end up in that situation of breakfast in London, tea in New York and luggage in China!
Getting your luggage back without the Rebound Tag system like this will certainly be more difficult but I admit not impossible. However knowing that there is a back-up on your luggage may well be extremely desirable to many regular travellers.
After all, that suitcase may contain items of no great value but never the less, could mean a great deal personally or professionally. Its just more advantageous and convenient to get them back without all that replacing or sorting of insurance claims.
The ReboundTAG a high-tech luggage tag that was initially showcased by the airline Lufthansa at an IATA Annual General Meeting as a way of preventing lost luggage globally.
I am no expert in economics or betting but the idea of the next trip abroad and in my situation my ‘travel trunk’ fitted with a Rebound Tag does seem to make a lot of financial sense. I have not lost a bag and Max tells me, nor has he, yet!
However the chances are that soon it will happen and we too will be unwelcome winners in that lost luggage lottery but with the assistance of ‘Rebound’ tracking it down, the odds of getting it back are vastly increased…you win some and then you win again, it seems!