Testing Qantas' next-generation systems

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.

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)