Using RFIDs instead of barcodes on luggage tags makes a lot of sense, as you can store within the chip itself the complete story of its journey, instead of having to store it in airport databases, and later retrieve it wherever the bag is. The dream scenario was to store your hotel address on the bag and have it delivered for you all the way there.
Also, RFID readers can scan a few hundred chips or more at a time, so it is easy to install them over doors hand have them check automatically everything that goes through.
The project was a great success from a technology standpoint, but it did not take off because:
- it only works good if many airports adopt RFID, not just one
- RFID chips at the time cost 1 eur apiece, much more than printed barcodes (and there are *a lot* of bags travelling on any single day)
Nice to see that things are catching up 10 years later