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Airlines Could Benefit From RFID-Enabled Baggage Handling

SITA, a global communications and IT services provider for the airline industry, has released its ninth annual study regarding baggage handling. The news is both good and bad. The number of mishandled bags dropped from 8.99 per 1,000 to 8.83 per 1,000. That's pretty good, given that the airline industry handles 3 billion passengers annually—but it's unclear whether that decline was due to fewer people checking bags, or to operational improvements. But there is some bad news as well: It costs the airlines an estimated $100 per mishandled bag. So 26 million mishandled bags would represent a cost of $2.6 billion. - See more at:

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