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Send the bag off at the airport yourself. New system to be introduced for more convenient travel. If you’re tired of potentially surly staff either at the check-in or baggage drop-off desks, then here is a new alternative. Avinor, the Norwegian airports operator, is to begin offering passengers a convenient system to send their luggage on board themselves.Let your finger do the talking Online check-in with luggage is nothing new. Although there are savings to be made on time and inconvenience for both passengers and airlines alike, luggage tags still have to be manually checked staff at the quick-drop. Passengers also have to show some identification before their bags are sent on, even though SAS offers a biometric identification alternative.

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Send the bag off at the airport yourself

Published on Thursday, 23rd July, 2009 at 10:03 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

New system to be introduced for more convenient travel.

Avinor self-service bag drop machine
Avinor self-service bag drop machine
Photo: Avinor


If you’re tired of potentially surly staff either at the check-in or baggage drop-off desks, then here is a new alternative. Avinor, the Norwegian airports operator, is to begin offering passengers a convenient system to send their luggage on board themselves.

Let your finger do the talking

Online check-in with luggage is nothing new. Although there are savings to be made on time and inconvenience for both passengers and airlines alike, luggage tags still have to be manually checked staff at the quick-drop. Passengers also have to show some identification before their bags are sent on, even though SAS offers a biometric identification alternative.

This is set to become a thing of the past from the autumn, as travellers will be able to complete this process themselves when travelling on domestic flights within Norway.

But there is a fly in the ointment.

“For the moment, this will only be on SAS flights, as they are the only airline with fingerprint technology” Sindre Ånonsen, head of Avinor’s press department tells The Foreigner.

Limited

The system is still in its infancy too. Firstly, it is only available in Tromsø – where it has been in use since last autumn – and secondly, passengers from Bergen won’t be able to use it until later on this year.

Ånonsen could not confirm when it will be introduced at others for now, either.

“It’s a question of cost. Several million are required for building work at some airports to accommodate the new system,” he says.

In addition, only standard luggage is permitted. Special luggage, such as prams and skis will still have to be sent, and missing or lost luggage will be handled in the same way as at present.

Business as usual

So for now, then, the rest of the travelling public will have to make do with what and who is in place already.

Don’t fly off the handle.




Published on Thursday, 23rd July, 2009 at 10:03 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: avinor, self-service, bag-drop, check-in, passengers, luggage, norwegian, sas, bergen, tromsoe, airport, plane.





  
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