Lufthansa launches home-printed bag tag with RFID

Lufthansa’s HomeTag
The holder for Lufthansa’s HomeTag has an embedded RFID chip that includes an extra copy of all of the baggage details.

Lufthansa has developed a new home-printed bag tag, along with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-enabled holder, which can initially be used on the Frankfurt-Tokyo Narita route.

Passengers can print their bag tag – known as HomeTag ­– along with their boarding pass at home or in the office, place it in a plastic holder and attach it to their bag, and then drop their bag at a dedicated counter or self-service bag drop machine upon arrival at the airport.

The HomeTag holder includes an RFID chip that enables passengers to drop their bags at a self-service machine without assistance, while it also contains an extra copy of all the baggage details. The tag also includes an additional QR code, which means travel details can be reconstructed even if the tag has been damaged.

While passengers can currently use the HomeTag on only the Frankfurt-Tokyo Narita route, Lufthansa has confirmed that it is planning to make the technology available on a number of other long-haul services from Frankfurt and Munich airports to destinations in Asia and the United States.

The launch of HomeTag is the latest indication that the industry is ready to embrace home-printed bag tags en-masse, following similar launches by the likes of Alaska Airlines, Air France and Iberia in recent months.

At FTE Global 2014, which will take place in Las Vegas from 24-26 September, Manuel van Lijf, Manager Product Innovation, Air France-KLM will deliver a presentation entitled: ‘Experiences and lessons learned from launching home-printed and permanent bag tags’ as part of the Baggage Advancements Workshop.

» More information on FTE Global 2014

Southwest, GTAA, Air Canada and Avinor help to drive baggage transformation as part of FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group

As part of our efforts to help the industry redefine the baggage experience, Future Travel Experience recently launched the FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group (BIWG), delivered with the support of our Strategic Partners AirPortr, BagsID Network and Brock Solutions.

The first round of online meetings, which took place in September, brought together hundreds of industry stakeholders who participated in highly engaging discussions around topics including advancing off-airport baggage collection, check-in and delivery; simplifying baggage infrastructure and processes at the airport; unlocking opportunities presented by modern baggage messaging; and creating new commercial models for new baggage approaches. The forward-thinking groups were led by expert Captains from companies including Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Air Canada, Avinor and Southwest Airlines, with the support of FTE’s Head of Baggage Transformation, Andrew Price. The full recordings are available to watch here.

The next BIWG online meeting will take place on 3 November and this will be followed by the first in-person meeting, which will be hosted in Las Vegas on 7 December, co-located with FTE Global 2021. The Working Group will then continue its work into 2022 and beyond.

Visit the FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group page >>   


1 Comment

Comments are closed.

  1. Sunil Zephaniah K

    This will help passengers to avoid queuing at the airport with the baggage prior to check-in and decrease the manpower at the airport. This proves that Technology in days to come, will play a major role in Services Marketing. Thus it will contribute much more to the GDP of the nation.