British-Airways-Check-inWe’ve seen electronic bag tags before that allows a user to check where their bags are and to see if they arrive at its destination as expected, and now it looks like Microsoft wants in on some of that action and has recently teamed up with British Airways to create the Digital Bag Tag and a check-in system using NFC equipped Windows Phone devices, which is not surprising given that Microsoft would love to get their Windows Phone platform more coverage.

According to the description of the Digital Bag Tag, the device is a “system that will further reduce travel time and increase convenience, especially for frequent flyers. Instead of the usual paper tag that is attached to baggage before it makes its way to the airplane, a digital tag containing flight details ranging from destination to connecting flights and return journey is used.” The device itself will be reusable and has been designed with a battery life of about five years and could see the amount of paper tags being used, which would be great for the environment as well. British Airways believes that this new system will be more efficient than before and the airline company will begin to trial the new system starting from today.

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