[LINK] Airport to tag passengers

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Fri Oct 13 15:43:38 AEST 2006

Howard Lowndes wrote:
>> That's because what is being tracked is the device, not the thing it 
>> is attached to.
> Exactly, so they would have no problem with someone taking the label off 
> and putting it into, say, their hold baggage whilst they wait for the 
> departure - somehow I don't think so.  They're not interested in 
> tracking the device, their interested in tracking the person.

Sorry to come in late on this discussion but I can see some value in 
tracking RFID's boarding passes.

For those who are unaware there has been a policy for some time for 
airlines not to load baggage unless they are sure the passenger is on 
board. I say some time, because 20 years ago, I boarded an Air India 
flight in Rome. This is important because I couldn't understand the 
announcements, but eventually something clicked, I went up to the crew 
and she asked me if the lonely backpack sitting on the luggage wagon on 
the tarmac belonged to me. This was the 1986 and there was a heightened 
security concern in Europe and particularly in Rome. For those 
interested, that faithful back pack is featured at 

This delayed the flight - not good for passengers or airlines schedules.

Having said that, I was surprised to hear recently that baggage and 
passengers still do get separated.

Marghanita da Cruz
Ramin Communications
Phone: 0414-869202
Email: marghanita at ramin.com.au

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