Researchers at an Indian university claim to have developed a smart system to help prevent baggage theft at airports and support the hassle-free collection of luggage.

The system, which was developed by a team at Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Punjab, offers an estimated time of arrival at the conveyor belt for luggage pickup at airports.

The smart system reminds passengers in case they forget to collect their baggage.

It also prevents a person from taking away someone else’s baggage at the airport’s exit gate.

LPU Assistant Professor Gurjot Singh Gaba told The Press Trust of India: “During our research, we could not find any existing systems providing services similar to us. Our solution is helpful to resolve these problems that have not been addressed so far.

“Passengers who pay a huge amount as airfare would benefit from this technology. Their baggage loss would be prevented and also they would easily collect their luggage at the airports.”

A report by aviation IT specialist SITA has revealed that 40 bags get mishandled globally every minute.

There were over 24.8 million mishandled bags in 2018, costing the air transport industry $2.4bn, researchers said.

Gaba said: “Airport authorities receive baggage loss cases of million dollars every year which tarnishes their reputation. With our system, they could prevent losses of this kind. Hence, it will be beneficial for airport authorities as well.”

As per the estimated time of arrival, the passenger can come forward to collect the luggage and exit the airport.

The system will scan and authenticate the luggage details associated with the passenger while exiting and match it to a centralised database. The gate will only open if the passenger and baggage details match.