Paris-Orly Airport trials automated baggage drop-off system

24 November 2011 (Last Updated November 24th, 2011 18:30)

Aeroports de Paris is trialling an automated baggage drop-off at Paris-Orly Airport, France, which can check in baggage in just 30 seconds.

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Aeroports de Paris is trialling an automated baggage drop-off at Paris-Orly Airport, France, which can check in baggage in just 30 seconds.

The new system involves a simple two-step, check-in process

To use the system, passengers first go to a self-service kiosk to print their boarding pass; they then move to the automated baggage area, scan their boarding cards and place their baggage into the system.

The system registers the name of owner and checks the weight of baggage, which is then communicated to the airline.

Finally, all passengers receive baggage receipts as soon as they drop off their bags.

The bag is then checked in and automatically re-routed to a traditional circuit where it is inspected and secured before being sent to the aircraft's hold.

"This service, entirely designed by our teams, meets a double challenge: it offers airlines a system that enables the smooth flow of the baggage drop-off step and it satisfies our passengers who have been asking to be increasingly self-reliant," said Francois Rubichon, deputy CEO of Aeroports de Paris.

The project is part of a more global innovation launched by the company and planning to install the machine in other European airports.