RFID for Airlines

  • Fewer mishandled bags

  • Increased operational efficiency

  • Reduce flight delays

  • Improved passenger experience

Image courtesy of IATA


RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) is a form of communication using radio waves that can allow you to automatically track and trace tags attached to objects. RFID tags store important information, usually identifying codes or dates about the object the tag is attached to.

Tags can utilize different frequencies, and the tags can either be “active” or “passive”. Passive tags use no battery or internal power source, instead they are powered by the energy produced by the RFID reader when it is within range. These tags generally cost much less than active tags, making them useful for many applications across various industries.

Active RFID tags use a battery so they can continuously broadcast a signal. They work like points on a map so they are great for tracking real-time data. They have a very long read range.

RFID and the IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board confirmed their intention to mandate airlines to utilize RFID for bag tracking starting in 2020. This means all airlines must include a RFID inlay in their baggage tags.

In 2018, most bags are already tracked using barcodes – however, the IATA Board has determined that RFID is the most cost-conscious method to implement for tracking all bags.

  • Real-time tracking of baggage will allow greater insight into the bag’s location and will reduce lost baggage along the journey.

  • RFID is incredibly accurate, with a read rate of between 99 and 100%

  • RFID tags do not interfere with any aircraft systems, and is already successfully ​being used in some applications in the aviation industry

  • The combination of reliability, maturity, worldwide availability and low cost makes RFID the ideal solution for the IATA’s tracking needs.

According to Resolution 753, airlines must track baggage at four key points along the baggage journey:

Passenger handover to airline

Loading the aircraft

Deliver to the transfer area

​Return to the passenger

Airlines must also share the tracking information with their interline journey partners as needed.

How can Jet Label & Jet Marking Systems help?

With Partners like Zebra Technologies, SATO, and Alien Technologies, Jet Marking Systems can install, repair and maintain RFID equipment.

​In 2019 Jet Label installed a single-pass RFID inserter, reducing the time and cost associated with attaching RFID chips to labels and tags.

​Are you ready to get started with implementing RFID for your business? Contact us today!

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