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Delta Air Lines joining airlines in RFID baggage tracking technology


Lost bags may be a thing of the past for passengers flying on Delta later this year. 

Delta Airlines will soon become the first U.S. airline to use the baggage tracking technology called Radio Frequency Identification on all baggage.

According to Mashable, the company anticipates the airline will be using RFID luggage tags at 344 airports by the end of August, 2016.

Scanners on Delta's conveyor belts can scan the RFID tags attached to your bag and reroute them if they've been sent in the wrong direction, a vast improvement on barcode hand scanning, which has been the industry standard since the '90s. 

Although Delta will be the first airline to incorporate RFID tags on a wide scale, isn't the first to embrace the technology. Qantas has been implementing optional RFID tags since 2011 as well as Lufthansa, which partnered with the German luggage manufacturer Rimowa to support its luggage with built-in RFID tags. 

There's no extra work for passengers.

The new RFID tags look identical to the current luggage tags, but with the added benefit of improving Delta's luggage accuracy rate from 95 percent to an expected 99.9 percent.

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