My bags are not lost, by Francesc Bracero

I am aware that titling an article in this way is the safest way so that, on the next trip in which I check in a suitcase, it ends up lost at any airport very far from the destination. I do not mean that the bags cannot be lost. This summer I have seen hundreds of them accumulated in baggage halls or turning over and over again on conveyor belts without their owners coming for them. They can be lost, yes. But now it is very easy to know where you are at all times.

I’ve been using Apple’s AirTag smart tags for two summers on my suitcases and travel backpacks. There are other brands, such as Samsung SmartTag or Tile. These small devices, the size of a large coin, allow you to see where you are on a mobile map almost instantly. So they are ideal for keeping track of your luggage and, if it doesn’t show up, finding out exactly where it is.

Luggage can be lost, but now you can know where it is at all times

This is what a passenger who flew to the Destin/Fort Walton Beach airport in Florida (United States) did on July 14. Upon arrival at the vacation spot, her suitcase never appeared, so she filed the ensuing loss claim with a $1,648 valuation for the clothes and items she was carrying inside her. But she also carried an AirTag (35 euros). So she was able to inform the Delta airline that, a few days later, her suitcase was located on a specific street in a town near the airport, as she could see through an app on her mobile.

Delta checked the list of employees of the outsourced baggage handling company and discovered that one of them, a 19-year-old man, lived there. He was not immediately arrested. They looked for evidence. A few days later, another worker saw him checking a suitcase, and soon after, a traveler reported that $15,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen from him in his luggage. The employee was arrested by the police, and at his home he had the stolen jewelry but nothing from the first traveler or the AirTag, which he destroyed when he found it, although it was already too late. Caught.

These types of tracking devices are ideal for travel and provide some peace of mind. During my vacation, I saw dozens of passengers on the same flight as mine desperate because the bags took a long time to get out. I was calm. I looked at the location of the AirTag and it was next to the plane, outside the terminal building. He had arrived at the destination airport. You just had to wait for them to put it on tape.

If this technology becomes popular enough, lost luggage claims may enter a new phase. It will be the passenger who will tell the employee exactly where his luggage is. A paradigm shift.

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