There are a few reasons for lost luggage – but the number one cause is and always has been human error.
When I was a freshman in college, my mother was accompanying me to drop me off at my dorm, and we flew to Huntsville, AL (HSV). At the time, luggage was tagged by little color coded tags:
The baggage handler, when tagging her bag, mistakenly grabbed the “HNL” tag, routing her bag to Honolulu, Hawaii. We didn’t notice the error then.
Upon our arrival into Huntsville, my bags arrived as expected.
And we waited patiently for hers.
And then the baggage carousel shut off.
All of her clothes for the week-long trip were in that bag. Everything. It wasn’t like we were the same size and she could wear my clothes – she had to purchase new stuff.
This had never happened to us before.
The airline desperately tried to locate the bag, but it was 3 days before it showed up, full of happy looking pineapple covered inspection stickers and thoroughly picked through. In that whole time, my mother had had to buy a new wardrobe, courtesy of the airline, as they could not ensure she’d ever have her bag again.
This still happens . Even in the age of digital bag tags, bags are added to the wrong tag. They end up on the wrong plane. Details are fat-fingered into a PNR.
Bags simply go missing.
Having an RFID enabled tag will make it easier to find a bag, if it has been tagged, but what if the tags have all fallen off, as they are want to do?
It is definitely a great step in the right direction, as have all the other improvements along the way, but whenever humans are involved, there will always be ways to screw things up.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Will-RFID-luggage-tags-mean-no-more-lost-luggage
Originally Posted On: 2016-05-01