Airline baggage tags have evolved a lot since the early days of commercial flight and play a key role in assuring (mostly) timely and accurate sorting and delivery of passengers’ luggage. The earliest tags resembled the advertising stickers of shipping lines and had no destination information. Gradually, destination information came to be mentioned on the tags along with weight details.
Modern airline baggage tags or the ‘automated baggage tags’ were introduced in the 90s and are made up of a composite of silicon and plastic with adhesive paper on the back. The tags are designed to be robust, flexible, low-cost and disposable and feature all-weather adhesives and multiple bar-codes. In the future, permanent Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) equipped tags may become the norm as RFID technology becomes widely adopted.
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The Beauty of the Airline Baggage Tag