American Airlines launches live baggage tracking service

Fears of losing their luggage, checked baggage fees and tedious waits at the carrousel are driving more passengers to pack carry-on.

American Airlines has launched a new feature that allows flyers to track their baggage from the time they check in to the time they get to the luggage carousel.

To use, passengers input their name and record locator or bag tag number on the tracking site. The information relays the bag’s location in real-time.

American Airlines isn’t the first to offer an online bag-tracking service.

Delta and US Airways (now part of American Airlines) were among the first to let flyers follow the status of their bag.

Air France-KLM has also developed a bag tracking solution with permanent, reusable electronic tags that are affixed inside and outside the bag.

Passengers can track their bags in real time via their smartphones, thanks to GPS, GSM and Bluetooth technology.

Before year’s end, the Tumi Global Locator tracking device is also set to hit the market. The smartphone-enabled app allows flyers to follow the status of their bag regardless of airline.