Lufthansa is rolling out a new HomeTag program to let its passengers print baggage tags at home for their check-in luggage and save time at the airport.
Once the tags are printed and attached to the luggage, travelers can check them in directly at the counter or via the self-service machines at the airport.
The HomeTag feature is currently available for Lufthansa flights on the Frankfurt-Tokyo route.
Lufthansa plans to extend HomeTag to other routes from Frankfurt and Munich to Asia and the U.S. soon.
When passengers check in online at home, they receive the HomeTag for outward and return flights along with the boarding pass.
HomeTag includes flight route, passenger name and baggage item number.
The key information is also printed as a barcode on the tag.
Using special holders available at the airport, passengers can fix it to their baggage and insert the HomeTag into the holder.
A RFID (radio frequency identification) chip inside the holder allows for express check-in at the Lufthansa baggage machines.
Unlike conventional baggage tags, HomeTags contain an additional QR code that allows for travel details to be reconstructed even if the tags get damaged.