[LINK] Airport to tag passengers

Geoffrey Ramadan gramadan at umd.com.au
Fri Oct 13 16:24:43 AEST 2006

Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Howard Lowndes wrote:
> <snip>
>>> 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 
> <http://www.ramin.com.au/travel-guide/>
> 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
This process is already managed by the boarding pass. You don't need a 
RFID tag.

Geoffrey Ramadan

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