What if you can hear from the luggage itself and it tells you where it is?
This is what “smart luggage” is promising. GPS tracking chips are embedded in bags capable of transmitting their locations to travelers and even contacting airlines directly when they get lost.
Airbus introduced a concept design for smart luggage at the Paris Air Show last year. The product, known as Bag2Go, can be tracked via a smartphone app. It also allows for self-service check-ins and can weigh itself to ensure that it meets airline requirements.
AT&T unveiled a similar concept at a demonstration of its “next-generation technologies” in May. The company envisions integrating the product with standard suitcases and bags — perhaps through an attachable tag, though it could also be built into suitcases directly.
The ultimate plan is to for the luggage to work with airlines’ IT systems, contacting the carriers directly and arranging for delivery to your home or hotel.
According to government statistics, about three bags for every 1,000 passengers get lost.