There will be a day when your luggage is smarter than your airline. Want proof? At a recent company event, AT&T showcased “Smart Luggage” with embedded GPS technology that lets you track the suitcase’s whereabouts – even when your airline doesn’t know its location. Using Smart Luggage, you get an alert when the bag is off the plane or if someone happens to take it beyond a designated “geo-fence.” You can also easily identify your bag against look-a-likes on the carousel by tapping an app on your phone and lighting up an LED beacon on the luggage.
Pricing and availability of Smart Luggage is still unknown at this time – but be looking for it flashing on an airport carousel near you sometime soon.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- Last year alone, the TSA pulled 171 of its full-body scanners from airports in the face of widespread outrage over the graphic images they captured. However, with a price tag of $130,000 to $170,000, scrapping the scanners wasn’t an option. So, instead they’re now being used to scan prison inmates at correctional facilities in Arkansas, New York, Michigan and several other locations.
- Curious to know what major airport is home to the most expensive flights in the country? Well, according to PlaneStats.com, it Cincinnati – where travelers pay an average of 22.2 cents per mile in the fourth quarter of last year. And the cheapest? That would be San Juan, Puerto Rico, at an average of 10.7 cents per mile.
- Earlier this month, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Chicago O’Hare — two of the world’s busiest airports — announced the introduction of biometric Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks. The kiosk features an integrated fingerprint scanner, which is able to detect and read fingerprints at any angle and regardless or wetness or dryness. APC kiosks enable international travellers to rapidly clear passport control by entering their own immigration information. Automating this process via self-service kiosks decreases international arrival wait times by as much as 80% for kiosks users and 50% for all passengers.