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Baggage Tracking Deadline Nears
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The International Air Transport Association is ramping up its assistance to meet Resolution 753.
Carroll McCormick reports.

With just under a year to go until the introduction of its Resolution 753 the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for America (A4A) are working hard to make sure the ruling"™s demands are met. This July the two organisations launched a global baggage tracking campaign to help its members meet the June 1, 2018 implementation deadline for Resolution 753.

The effect of Resolution 753, published in 2014, will be to increase the efficiency of baggage operations and reduce the amount of mishandled baggage.

The campaign refers to a series of initiatives, such as a baggage tracking implementation guide, regional workshops, an awareness campaign for aviation stakeholders, and a readiness certificate for interested airlines. "The purpose of the IATA and A4A global baggage tracking campaign is to raise awareness and build momentum now that we are less than a year away from the effective date of Resolution 753. Additionally, the purpose is to educate the wider industry on baggage tracking," explained Andrew Price, Head of Global Baggage Operations, IATA.

Since the beginning of this year, IATA has reached out to over 45% of its member airlines regarding the forthcoming requirement. In response, 10% of its members have shared their implementation plans with IATA and requested guidance.

As for airline"™ progress in collecting data for the four key tracking points specified in Resolution 753, that can only be estimated: "For tracking point 1 "“ customer to airline, it is 100%. For point 2 "“ loading the aircraft, it is around 60% for electronic records. For tracking point 3 "“ plane-to-plane transfers, whether "˜tail-to-tail"™ [done on the apron] or through a baggage handling system, it is around 30%. For tracking point 4 "“ arrivals, that is, the return of baggage to passengers, it is probably around 40%, based mainly on the arrival tracking capabilities of the US carriers and a handful of EU airports," added Mr Price…

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