• Expansion of self baggage tagging could streamline airport check-in

    2013-01-08

    As any frequent flier can attest to, checking luggage at the airport can be an arduous and time-consuming process. Fortunately, the popularity of self-baggage tagging at airports across the U.S. and Canada could soon help alleviate the airport blues for some passengers, reports NBC News.

    Rather than wait in line to check luggage with an airline agent, passengers at airports in cities such as Anchorage, Austin, Orlando, San Diego and Seattle can now do it themselves. American Airlines (AA) and Alaska Airlines are just two carriers that have introduced the new policy.

    Self-baggage tagging is intended to ease congestion at airport check-in desks, which, in turn, may make preparing for a flight a much more pleasant experience.

    "It speeds up the whole check-in and bag-drop process," said Perry Flint, spokesman for the International Air Transport Association, as quoted by the news source. "You’re in control of the process and it goes very quickly."

    According to AA's official website, passengers can print their own luggage tags at self check-in kiosks before attaching them to each checked piece of baggage. At this point, all travelers have to do is bring their bags to a designated drop-off point to complete the check-in process.

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