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Would RFID Tags Help Find Your Bags?

The NY Times has a good piece this morning discussing whether U.S. airlines can afford the RFID tags that would help cut down on the number of lost bags every year.  While current barcode scanners miss 15-20% of all bags, RFID tags would be captured about 95% of the time, vastly reducing the number of bags that disappear into the ether.  However, the cost of the tags (about 25 cents for the most basic version, plus millions of dollars in system upgrades), may be beyond the reach of many US carriers.  A new system–using the 25 cent tags–is being tested as Las Vegas’ airport with the support of Delta, American and United.

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