China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines are introducing NFC-enabled electronic travel luggage tags at the airport, which will make it possible for consumers to check in their own luggage and keep tabs on its whereabouts. The e-tags are roughly the same size as an iPhone 8 and are set to be launched at the Beijing Daxing International Airport as of September 2019.
By using the luggage tags with NFC sensors, which work like ID cards for suitcases, travelers will have greater peace of mind and a more streamlined travel experience. As the battery-free e-tags have electronic ink screens, they will also be useful for revealing important information such as a barcode and a traveler's flight number.
This innovation will help to save millions of baggage tags from needing to be printed—and thrown away—annually in China.