Airline unveils GPS luggage tracker in time for the holidays

FILE - In this May 22, 2015 file photo, travelers wait in line to check in their luggage at Miami International Airport in Miami. Heading into winter, fliers should take extra precautions with their checked luggage, December and January are traditionally the worst months for lost bags. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

U.S. (KXAN) — After weeks of planning and packing you finally make it to the airport on time, but when you arrive at your destination you discover your luggage did not.

This is a frustration many travelers are familiar with. To combat this issue just in time for the holiday rush, Delta Airlines is rolling out a major upgrade.

They have created a tracking system that monitors your luggage through your journey in the sky. The moment your bag is checked, the airline will tag it with a GPS location transmitter as it makes its way through the airport and onto the plane. Travelers will get their luggage information through an app.

One man says he wishes he had it after he flew home from a fishing trip, but his cooler of salmon did not.

“It’s amazing to me that this time, the time I’m really counting on them to do the job, they don’t. It’s very frustrating,” said John Campbell.

United Airlines and Alaskan Airlines are also working on a similar bag tracking technology. Nationwide, nearly 2 million bags were mishandled last year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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