One of the downsides to air travel is lost luggage and the worry that check-in will be the very last time you see your precious belongings. Every traveller has had that horrible thought, that they might be the unlucky soul whose luggage will not be greeting them on the baggage reclaim belt – and for good reason. Lost luggage is a massive problem for the airline industry, in 2014 over 24 million bags were mishandled, 5% of which were lost permanently!
Thousands of travelers each year face the stress of having to survive a holiday or business trip without their essential possessions when their airline loses or misplaces their bag. With no guarantee that your luggage will be returned to you on time (or will even be found), passengers frequently have to make do with buying clothes, toiletries, business cards and even medication at their holiday destination. Some more extreme cases, like this one, involve a blogger who had to wear her jeans for 5 days in a row (the airline kept falsely promising her bag would be delivered the next day all the way until she left) and this man who was understandably embarrassed when he had to speak at a formal event in casual attire.
Whilst compensation is sometimes available, it can often be only a fraction of the value of the goods that you’ve lost – this poor family received less that 40% of the value of their goods when, not one, but two of their bags, went missing on their flight from LAX. Compensation also won’t take into account the sentimental value of some of your most treasured possessions, like a laptop, designer outfit or even expensive hiking gear that these travellers lost. Some companies may even ask you for receipts of the goods that you packed which can be extra difficult when considering the sheer amount of individual items you will need compensation for!
To try and mitigate the risks of losing your baggage some travellers resort to putting their address and contact details on (or inside) their bag. Whilst this may sound like a great idea at first glance, security firms strongly advise against this, as it could risk your personal safety and even alert potential thieves to the exact location of the home you’ve just left unattended for the holidays!
Introducing the Tep Smart Luggage Tag
Tep understands that being stranded in another country with no clothes and none of your personal effects is far from ideal, so we’ve come up with a great solution to help you avoid the stress next time you travel. We’ve just launched a smart luggage tag, provided by industry experts ReboundTag, that you can now purchase alongside your Tep wireless device. It’s perfect for both frequent travellers and the occasional holidaymakers and will give you an added level of protection for your luggage.
What is the Tep Smart Luggage Tag?
The Tep smart luggage tag is very easy to use, you simply attach the tough micro-chipped tag to the outside of your checked-in luggage (just as you would a normal luggage tag) and add your details securely online. In the event your bags are lost by your airline, all you need to do is log into ReboundTag and wait for the amazing technology to do the work. The tag doesn’t require batteries or Bluetooth in order to function. Simply attach and you’re all set!
How does the Tep smart Luggage Tag work?
In the event that your baggage gets lost or misplaced, the sophisticated combination of tech, embedded into the tag, will be activated by the finder. You will then receive a text or notification with details of where your bag was found. This very high tech tag uses the entire range of IATA-approved bag tracking technologies all in one, including RFID microchips, NFC, barcode and printed number. Not only does the tag allow the finder of your bag to share its exact location via GPS, it can also help you retrieve your luggage once it’s been located using exclusive integrations with global baggage handling systems. Your personal details will be held completely securely on ReboundTag’s system and the finder will only be able to contact you via their site. For even more peace of mind, the tag also gives you additional access to a global database of lost luggage, which their partner baggage handling company will search for you!
How much does it cost?
Each Tep smart tag costs just £14.95, which includes a full years’ membership. To purchase your Tep smart tag and Tep wireless device, click here.
Compared with more basic solutions like a sticker or a piece of paper with your address on it, the Tep smart luggage tag gives you access to the best tech available and will give you that extra layer of security whilst travelling! So even if your bag is misplaced, with your very own smart tag, you won’t have to simply rely on your airline in order to get your belongings back!