With the current state of the airline industry, it is unsurprising that prospective passengers are looking towards other means to ensure luggage security. In the past year, gadgets such as Bluetooth luggage trackers have become increasingly popular amongst fliers.

Airport disruptions

The rise in popularity of this technology can most likely be attributed to a continuous wave of disruption within the aviation sector. From significant staff shortages to delayed and cancelled flights, the reopening of borders in the aftermath of the pandemic has proved overwhelming for airport staff. Not only this, but travellers have been left feeling stressed and anxious at the thought of flying in such conditions. One of the main worries is lost baggage, therefore, many travellers have decided not to rely solely on the airport’s baggage security.

Luggage Mayhem

A recent report from the US Department of Transportation detailed a rise in the number of bags that were either lost, delayed, or stolen. As well as this, there was an increase of 30% in the number of insurance claims for delayed luggage compared to 2019. Only days ago, a physical fight ensued over at Manchester Airport which had been caused due to lost luggage. This is just another unfortunate occurrence in a surge of travel mayhem, with passengers staring in the face of confusion and exhaustion as they wait for their belongings to return. It is these circumstances that have led holidaymakers to take action.

Bluetooth Trackers

Person holding AirTag Bluetooth tracker and using a mobile device to track location on the map
Apple hoped on this trend, releasing the AirTag | © Đức Trịnh

Despite an array of different Bluetooth tracker devices, such as LugLoc or Trakdot  (which you can use via an app on your phone), Apple’s AirTags set themselves apart slightly from their competition. The apple products use encrypted Bluetooth technology that allows users to locate their respective items. Operating within its ‘Find My’ network, the gadget can still be helpful in busier spaces such as airports where other devices are connected to the network. Although these devices cannot prevent the bags from being lost, they seem to effectively offer passengers some peace of mind. However, it is also essential to remember that despite what the figures above suggest, the chances of your airport luggage being mishandled are still meagre.

Are you currently using Bluetooth trackers for your luggage? Or are you intending to in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

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