McCarran International Airport Implements RFID Baggage Tagging System

Las Vegas tracking system will use radio frequency identification technology to improve passenger safety.

by / November 20, 2003
LAS VEGAS -- McCarran International Airport
sought a way to increase passenger safety. The airport selected UHF Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for use in tracking passenger bags to protect customers.

The new system, operational in 2004, is designed to automatically track all passenger bags through inline explosive detection and screening equipment, ensuring safe passage for the airport's millions of customers.

Using RFID tags offers high accuracy in tracking baggage and supports the Transportation Security Administration's objective to screen all passenger baggage. "This becomes a win for all concerned: the traveler, the airport, the TSA and the airline," said Randall W. Walker, director of Aviation for McCarran International Airport, "by reducing the incidence of lost or mishandled bags while ensuring screened bags are delivered to the right place at the right time."

FKI Logistex will provide the system architecture and integration. Matrics will supply nearly 100 million passive, non-battery UHF disposable tags. The new, automated system will provide McCarran with end-to-end baggage visibility. RFID tags will be printed and attached at the ticket counter or curbside. Each tag will carry a unique identifier and will be read while the bag is being transported on conveyors to route them to the appropriate screening machines and then to the specific plane for flight.

Future applications using the same platform can include passenger boarding passes, carry-on items, vehicle parking, traveler loyalty, air cargo and more.
Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor