Testing Qantas' next-generation systems

Testing Qantas' next-generation systems

Summary: Qantas' push to make check-in faster and easier is certainly intriguing, but does it actually work? We put the premium airline's new RFID luggage tags to the test.

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Qantas' push to make check-in faster and easier with technology is certainly compelling, but does it actually work? We put the premium airline's new RFID luggage tags to the test.

Our test involved sending a sealed glass jar of candy from Melbourne to Sydney using the Q Bag Tag, which is designed to make dropping bags faster and easier, according to Qantas.

Sadly, the jar never made it, although not due to sloppy baggage handling. The system failed to detect our bag altogether, meaning it never made it past the concourse.

The RFID-enabled Q Bag Tag is part of Qantas' Next Generation Check-in system announced last year.

(Front page image credit: Qantas B737-800 VH-VXU image by Andy Mitchell, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Topics: Travel Tech, Security

Luke Hopewell

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  • Sorry, but that's what I'd call a flawed test.

    Nobody who flies frequently enough checks in a bag that small. It was cabin baggage size, dimensions and weight.

    Go back, try it with an actual sized bag which reflects real world conditions and try again.
    thewinchester
  • Where is the story here? How did this get on /.? You owe me 8 seconds
    rochester_dave
  • Ahahaha... Zedeenet dot com a u

    By the way, that is an actual bag. It actually existed, and it belonged to him. Clearly the thing is broken...
    anonymous