I was fortunate to attend the Australian Dangerous Goods Air Transport Council (ADGATC) meeting in Melbourne last week and the guest speaker was Jens Walter from Rimowa. Rimowa make very cool cases for the regular air traveler to which you can download an electronic baggage tag. The way the case works: Once you’ve downloaded the Rimowa app to your smart phone every time you check in for your flight electronically you can create an electronic baggage tag which can be sent via Bluetooth to your bag and displayed on the screen.
The e-baggage tag is powered by 2 AAA alkaline batteries and is therefore not restricted as DG according to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and the screen is super strong gorilla glass which I won’t say is baggage handler resistant but it’s as close as you’ll get. Amazingly the tag has a permanent display so it will show the baggage tag details even if the battery is removed. The bag does not have the recharge ports for electronic devices which make most smart bags a problem as check-in baggage.
It’s environmentally friendly and economical for the airlines as printed baggage tags are not needed and it’s transport friendly because your baggage tag won’t fall off. The only limitation is that the airline also has to use the Rimowa app and at this stage our Australian carriers don’t (so hassle them). Lufthansa, Eva, Swiss and Austrian are currently using the system. Though even if your preferred carrier is not using the app yet the screen is not wasted because you can customize your luggage by displaying a photo on the tag. Take a funny picture of your kids or pet (same thing really) and take them with you when you travel.
I might have to save up for one of these myself!