Airlines lose bags all the time. Last month I spent several days in the US without any luggage – it’s incredibly annoying!
A new device might help travellers with this problem (nearly 26 million bags get misplaced every year by airlines!). The gadget called the “TrakDot” fits in the palm of your hand and is very light. Once you’ve registered your device you simply put it into your checked luggage and then you’ll be able to track your bag using the company’s location technology:
The luggage locator system delivers city-specific information on the whereabouts of checked baggage in real time. Even if the Trakdot protected bag does not reach the desired destination, passengers will still have the reassurance of knowing which city their luggage is in.
Once the device is registered on the Trakdot website and placed inside a checked bag, it will deliver location information directly to the user’s mobile phone or SMS device via text or email. Alternatively, travelers can track their luggage on Trakdot.com or use the free Trakdot Luggage app. An additional app alerts passengers as their baggage approaches on the carousel, making it easier than ever for them to find their bag.
“A recent passenger survey from the International Air Transport Association showed that 81% of travelers are interested in tracking their bags in real time,” explains CEO Harry Steck. “Trakdot Luggage empowers travelers to do just that, with a revolutionary product that is inexpensive as well as simple and convenient to use.”
According to the official release it will be available from March 2013 for $49.95 MSRP with an activation fee of $8.99 and an annual service fee of $12.99. I’d assume they’ll ship worldwide, but their website isn’t online yet! (Yeah – they put out a press release linking to a non-existent website – doh!)
This sounds like the kind of device that I could really use so I’d be very keen to try this out – I’m sick of my bags vanishing into the ether!