Aéroports de Paris (ADP) is planning to roll out its new automated baggage drop-off (ABD) system at Paris-Orly West terminal by the end of 2012 and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) in early 2013.
Paris-Orly Airport has been testing the new ABD system since 8 November 2011, which is claimed to process passenger check-ins in 15 seconds.
The system works by scanning passenger boarding-passes, obtained from a self-service machine during check-in, then verify the name and baggage weight before delivering the luggage to the airline.
Subsequently, passengers will automatically receive a 'baggage receipt', which will have to be attached to their respective baggage.
Aéroports de Paris Deputy CEO François Rubichon said that passengers have adopted this technological innovation very quickly.
"Apart from obviously saving time, this free service also means the baggage drop-off stage runs smoothly," Rubichon said.
"So it is doubly positive: for the passengers and for the airlines as well."
ADP has claimed that the system can complete the baggage check-in in thirty seconds and, once complete, bags are directed to a traditional circuit, inspected and secured, before delivery to the cargo hold.
During check-in, a machine-integrated sliding door ensures that banned items don't pass through.
The new system has been designed by ADP teams, including its internal system, ergonomics and design, in collaboration with teams responsible for operating terminals.
ADP executive director, chief development officer of development and facilities, Bernard Cathelain said: "We are in talks with other European airports to install this machine."
Image: ADP's new automated baggage drop-off system, installed for testing at Paris Orly airport, has automatically checked in 80,000 items of baggage. Photo: courtesy of Aéroports de Paris.