Have the airlines ever lost your luggage? Trust me, you don’t want to experience a vacation or worse, a business trip without your luggage! New options are being developed to track and find your luggage.
One option is the Trakdot Luggage Tracker – Trakdot Luggage™ is designed to provide airport-specific location information for your checked luggage. It constantly monitors the cellular network to determine its city location. When you fly, Trakdot™ Luggage knows and goes to sleep. Upon arriving at your destination, Trakdot™ Luggage wakes up and reports its new location. Depending on your preferences, a text-message or email is sent to you confirming that your luggage has arrived with you. Requires an annual service as well as the device.
The Trackdot can be purchased on the Trackdot site or at the 3Gstore. The price for the the tracker ranges from $79.99 to $89.99 plus there is a annual subscription fee. Frequeny travelers may find the investment well worth if having to deal with lost luggage.
You do have other options.
“The ViewTag® works in conjunction with SMS text messaging. Throughout all airports, there is an RFID reader located on the loading belt for the aircraft. This RFID reader scans the ViewTag® as it passes on-board the plane and sends a confirmation message to the subscriber. The subscriber will recieve a message at each destination. This enables the subscriber to know their luggage is on-board, made it on their connecting flight, or even made it to the final destination.”
Until the ViewTag is available, many of the airlines do have tracking options online. Check your airline’s website for details.
American Airlines http://www.aa.com/travelInformation/bagFinderAccess.do?source=DIRECT_URL&anchorLocation=DirectURL&title=bagstatus
British Airways http://www.worldtracer.aero/filedsp/ba.htm
United Airlines http://www.united.com/web/en-us/apps/travel/baggage/tracing.aspx
Virgin Atlantic http://www.worldtracer.aero/filedsp/vs.htm