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(Daily Mail)   Luggage with built-in GPS locator offers challenge to airlines who constantly lose your luggage. Delta smiles thinly and cracks their knuckles   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 118
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2013-06-14 02:32:06 PM
I had US Air lose my luggage twice in the same weekend.
 
2013-06-14 02:33:39 PM
Knock on wood, but of all the times my luggage has been lost, only once was it on the outbound leg.  If it takes an extra day for US Scare to delivery my dirty laundry to my front door, I'm not going to be too put out.
 
2013-06-14 02:35:12 PM
GPS needs a line-of-sight to the satellite, so unless they drop your luggage off in a field ... good luck
 
2013-06-14 02:35:24 PM
They need a hidden camera in them to film the baggage handlers stealing your stuff.
 
2013-06-14 02:35:44 PM
The airlines will heavily promote this new service with a passenger fee of at least $100 per bag for each leg of your journey.
 
2013-06-14 02:37:07 PM
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Delta Baggage Handler
 
2013-06-14 02:37:11 PM
Airlines will sometimes purposefully put your luggage on a different flight than you are (its rare, but it happens), as long as its going to arrive before/when you get to your destination. I'd hate to be the airline that did this only to hear the passenger yell and scream that they put their luggage on the wrong flight!!!
 
2013-06-14 02:37:38 PM
As neat as this is, it has one major flaw: it relies on anyone at the airport giving a fark about your missing bag.
 
2013-06-14 02:39:12 PM

StopLurkListen: GPS needs a line-of-sight to the satellite, so unless they drop your luggage off in a field ... good luck


Please tell me you're trolling.  My iphone can tell which room of my house I'm sitting in.
 
2013-06-14 02:40:15 PM
How will it turn itself off for take-off and landing?
 
2013-06-14 02:40:51 PM
Some luggage guy in Mexico City stole 2 liters of tequila and underwear from my bag. They proceeded to ship my bag to Maui.

So my luggage has been to Maui and I haven't. Assholes.
 
2013-06-14 02:41:39 PM
I'll be able to watch them lose my luggage in real time now.

Sweet.
 
2013-06-14 02:42:37 PM

MindStalker: Airlines will sometimes purposefully put your luggage on a different flight than you are (its rare, but it happens), as long as its going to arrive before/when you get to your destination. I'd hate to be the airline that did this only to hear the passenger yell and scream that they put their luggage on the wrong flight!!!


United purposely didn't put my small suitcase on a flight as they said it might rain where we were going so they might need to circle the airport a while so they would need less weight so they would burn less fuel. They never told me this before the flight. I didn't get it until the next day.
 
2013-06-14 02:42:58 PM

caddisfly: StopLurkListen: GPS needs a line-of-sight to the satellite, so unless they drop your luggage off in a field ... good luck

Please tell me you're trolling.  My iphone can tell which room of my house I'm sitting in.


Yes, we know. Put your pants back on.
 
2013-06-14 02:44:35 PM

StopLurkListen: GPS needs a line-of-sight to the satellite, so unless they drop your luggage off in a field ... good luck


To get a lock with a ~5 ft radius, yes. But even indoors you can get enough signal to put you within a 100ft or so radius. That's not ideal but it's a small enough search radius to know your strap on didn't end up in Kansas.
 
2013-06-14 02:44:49 PM

megarian: Some luggage guy in Mexico City stole 2 liters of tequila and underwear from my bag. They proceeded to ship my bag to Maui.

So my luggage has been to Maui and I haven't. Assholes.


That's what you get for infusing tequila with underwear, ya weirdo.
 
2013-06-14 02:45:36 PM
Delta's never lost one of my bags.

There is, however, a reason I refer to the acquired decorations to my suitcase as "Delta Dents".
 
2013-06-14 02:45:44 PM
Civilization is getting worse!! I don't remember the ancient Romans having this problem.
 
2013-06-14 02:45:54 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: megarian: Some luggage guy in Mexico City stole 2 liters of tequila and underwear from my bag. They proceeded to ship my bag to Maui.

So my luggage has been to Maui and I haven't. Assholes.

That's what you get for infusing tequila with underwear, ya weirdo.


Don't knock it 'til you try it. Now, if you don't remove the worm...yeah, that's weird.
 
2013-06-14 02:46:33 PM
American Airlines, every goddamned time.  If they don't lose it on the way to my destination, they lose it on the return trip.
 
2013-06-14 02:47:04 PM

caddisfly: StopLurkListen: GPS needs a line-of-sight to the satellite, so unless they drop your luggage off in a field ... good luck

Please tell me you're trolling.  My iphone can tell which room of my house I'm sitting in.


Most smartphone location services use wifi and cell assisted location tracking, which makes it more resilient and lock faster than a standalone gps.
 
2013-06-14 02:47:07 PM
Tamper warning ? Sounds like the ideal contraband luggage. If the guy expecting your delivery sees the bag has been opened in transit he knows not to be there to sign or that you got popped on the way to deliver.

Bag took a detour and extra days enroute ? Ya the cops saw it and then let it through to bust you
 
2013-06-14 02:48:13 PM
So, you'll have a permanent luggage tag huh?  I'm sure there's no way that Customer Service rep Cindy, who is taking my luggage when I check in won't somehow forget to scan the code on my bag, thus my luggage will go to Anchorage (which is where I flew last time), vs. London (my current destination).  And when i point this out to the flight attendant, I'm sure that she'll get right on fixing that, what with my luggage having already taken off, and me still waiting to go.  More likely, I'll be told to turn off my electronic device, and to report it missing when I get to my destination.
 
2013-06-14 02:49:01 PM

YoOjo: Civilization is getting worse!! I don't remember the ancient Romans having this problem.


What have the Romans ever done for us, anyways?
 
2013-06-14 02:49:56 PM

FrancoFile: YoOjo: Civilization is getting worse!! I don't remember the ancient Romans having this problem.

What have the Romans ever done for us, anyways?


Roman candles?
 
2013-06-14 02:50:41 PM

imgod2u: That's not ideal but it's a small enough search radius to know your strap on didn't end up in Kansas.


It's company policy never to imply ownership in the event of a strap-on... always use the indefinite article. A strap-on, never your strap-on.
 
2013-06-14 02:55:24 PM

FrancoFile: YoOjo: Civilization is getting worse!! I don't remember the ancient Romans having this problem.

What have the Romans ever done for us, anyways?


The aqueduct?
 
2013-06-14 02:55:52 PM
It's a pretty good idea.  In a better world there would be a standard RFID at carousels so that my phone could ping me when it finally hits the carousel +15 min.  That way I could stay the heck away from the feeding frenzy and still know where my bag was.  Cool stuff.
 
2013-06-14 02:56:27 PM
If I can't take a trip and survive with just my carryon, I ain't going. I can survive a week, easy, with just a carryon bag and my backpack.

//overseas obviously excepted.
 
2013-06-14 02:57:28 PM
While reading this, I thought:

1) Your luggage gets lost enough that you need this? You poor bastards ...
2) People still check baggage that is lost enough to warrant this? You poor bastards ...
3) THIS is the solution? You poor bastards ...

I've flown 8-10x a year for the last 10 years of my life and I have never had a bag lost or something stolen out of it.

You poor bastards.
 
2013-06-14 02:58:19 PM
I'm jinxing myself, but I've never had a bag lost in decades of flying 2-3 times per year.  I've had some very VERY short layovers and connections, and have been amazed the bags showed up with me.

Now, I can't remember the last time I had a complete round trip with all flights on time, or even close to it...
 
2013-06-14 02:58:21 PM

FrancoFile: YoOjo: Civilization is getting worse!! I don't remember the ancient Romans having this problem.

What have the Romans ever done for us, anyways?


Besides the aqueduct?
 
2013-06-14 02:58:27 PM

chaddsfarkprefect: FrancoFile: YoOjo: Civilization is getting worse!! I don't remember the ancient Romans having this problem.

What have the Romans ever done for us, anyways?

The aqueduct?


Your Mom?
 
2013-06-14 02:59:02 PM

megarian: UrukHaiGuyz: megarian: Some luggage guy in Mexico City stole 2 liters of tequila and underwear from my bag. They proceeded to ship my bag to Maui.

So my luggage has been to Maui and I haven't. Assholes.

That's what you get for infusing tequila with underwear, ya weirdo.

Don't knock it 'til you try it. Now, if you don't remove the worm...yeah, that's weird.


Your underwear has worms?
 
2013-06-14 02:59:56 PM

FrancoFile: YoOjo: Civilization is getting worse!! I don't remember the ancient Romans having this problem.

What have the Romans ever done for us, anyways?


Sanitation
 
2013-06-14 03:00:14 PM
Here's a solution, you can fly with as much crap as you can carry, if you can physically lift your bags they go on the plane. Once onboard there are no seats, you sit on your bags.
Then all that spare room we've just opened up by having an empty hold can be put to good use by having a casino down there, or maybe a brothel.
 
2013-06-14 03:01:16 PM

justadadX3: FrancoFile: YoOjo: Civilization is getting worse!! I don't remember the ancient Romans having this problem.

What have the Romans ever done for us, anyways?

Sanitation


Roads
 
2013-06-14 03:02:10 PM

Mad Scientist: justadadX3: FrancoFile: YoOjo: Civilization is getting worse!! I don't remember the ancient Romans having this problem.

What have the Romans ever done for us, anyways?

Sanitation

Roads


Cement
 
2013-06-14 03:03:10 PM
Sounds great, assuming every air travel related employee who encounters my bag knows what to do with the barcode and can be relied upon to do it.
 
2013-06-14 03:04:32 PM
Walker:United purposely didn't put my small suitcase on a flight as they said it might rain where we were going so they might need to circle the airport a while so they would need less weight so they would burn less fuel. They never told me this before the flight. I didn't get it until the next day.

I've seen that happen a fair bit on short routes with small planes especially if lots of people check heavy luggage. It's a limitation of the airplane not necessarily a fault of the airline. I'd much rather have my luggage late than the plane be overloaded.
 
2013-06-14 03:10:36 PM

StopLurkListen: GPS needs a line-of-sight to the satellite, so unless they drop your luggage off in a field ... good luck



Not necessarily. I sit on the 1st floor of a 3 story building. There are at least 3 walls between me and outside. I put my phone in Airplane mode, turned on the GPS and fired up my GPS tester. I can see 21 satellites.

I can't connect to any, of course but then I don't have any kind of antenna nor is my phone a GPS device first.
 
2013-06-14 03:11:53 PM

YoOjo: Civilization is getting worse!! I don't remember the ancient Romans having this problem.


So if they lose our luggage we get to crucify them? I'm OK with this.
 
2013-06-14 03:12:20 PM

genepool lifeboat: megarian: UrukHaiGuyz: megarian: Some luggage guy in Mexico City stole 2 liters of tequila and underwear from my bag. They proceeded to ship my bag to Maui.

So my luggage has been to Maui and I haven't. Assholes.

That's what you get for infusing tequila with underwear, ya weirdo.

Don't knock it 'til you try it. Now, if you don't remove the worm...yeah, that's weird.

Your underwear has worms?


Depends on the Tequila.
 
2013-06-14 03:13:29 PM

Hagbardr: I had US Air lose my luggage twice in the same weekend.


I had America West lose my luggage before we even left the airport.
 
2013-06-14 03:14:08 PM

Born_Again_Bavarian: StopLurkListen: GPS needs a line-of-sight to the satellite, so unless they drop your luggage off in a field ... good luck


Not necessarily. I sit on the 1st floor of a 3 story building. There are at least 3 walls between me and outside. I put my phone in Airplane mode, turned on the GPS and fired up my GPS tester. I can see 21 satellites.

I can't connect to any, of course but then I don't have any kind of antenna nor is my phone a GPS device first.


Want to know how I know you are lying? There are only 31 GPS satellites in orbit around the entire farking planet.  It'd be pretty damn impressive if your device could somehow connect to 2/3rds of the satellites from a singular location on Earth.

:facepalm:
 
2013-06-14 03:14:25 PM

devildog123: So, you'll have a permanent luggage tag huh?  I'm sure there's no way that Customer Service rep Cindy, who is taking my luggage when I check in won't somehow forget to scan the code on my bag, thus my luggage will go to Anchorage (which is where I flew last time), vs. London (my current destination).  And when i point this out to the flight attendant, I'm sure that she'll get right on fixing that, what with my luggage having already taken off, and me still waiting to go.  More likely, I'll be told to turn off my electronic device, and to report it missing when I get to my destination.


The tag is permanent, but the barcode changes. Probably E-Ink. It changes to reflect all the stuff the old-fashioned sticker tags do. It just can't get pulled off in the gears.
 
2013-06-14 03:15:07 PM
Let's hope it doesn't vibrate.
 
2013-06-14 03:15:56 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Walker:United purposely didn't put my small suitcase on a flight as they said it might rain where we were going so they might need to circle the airport a while so they would need less weight so they would burn less fuel. They never told me this before the flight. I didn't get it until the next day.

I've seen that happen a fair bit on short routes with small planes especially if lots of people check heavy luggage. It's a limitation of the airplane not necessarily a fault of the airline. I'd much rather have my luggage late than the plane be overloaded.


Well it wasn't THAT small a plane. Was a CRJ-700. 66 seats. IAD to San Antonio. Someone even came on the plane and asked people to give up their seats, even though the plane had tons of empty seats.  We thought that was weird, since they didn't mention they were doing it to lighten the load. I especially wasn't pleased since my suitcase was the tiny kind you can fit in the overhead bin. While I was waiting for mine huge suitcases were appearing on the baggage carousel. Wonder how they decide who's gets removed.
 
2013-06-14 03:15:56 PM

megarian: genepool lifeboat: megarian: UrukHaiGuyz: megarian: Some luggage guy in Mexico City stole 2 liters of tequila and underwear from my bag. They proceeded to ship my bag to Maui.

So my luggage has been to Maui and I haven't. Assholes.

That's what you get for infusing tequila with underwear, ya weirdo.

Don't knock it 'til you try it. Now, if you don't remove the worm...yeah, that's weird.

Your underwear has worms?

Depends on the Tequila.


Nice choice of words.
 
2013-06-14 03:17:39 PM

genepool lifeboat: megarian: genepool lifeboat: megarian: UrukHaiGuyz: megarian: Some luggage guy in Mexico City stole 2 liters of tequila and underwear from my bag. They proceeded to ship my bag to Maui.

So my luggage has been to Maui and I haven't. Assholes.

That's what you get for infusing tequila with underwear, ya weirdo.

Don't knock it 'til you try it. Now, if you don't remove the worm...yeah, that's weird.

Your underwear has worms?


Tequila on the Depends
 
Nice choice of words.
 
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