British Airways has paired up with Designworks to produce clever electronic baggage tags that feature a display which can be updated via your smartphone. Using what looks to be an e-paper display, you beam your details over to the baggage tags via NFC and they will auto update on to the tag's screen.

The idea is to try to save on paper as well as to speed up check-in times. The smartphone-based update will even bring new barcodes to the tags in an attempt to stop your baggage getting lost. 

While the tags aren't yet scheduled to go into production proper, BA is planning a live trial of the tags, with what we hope will be a plan to launch them. It's a really clever idea, which we hope will stand up to the test of baggage handlers.

Whether BA will start handing out the intelligent tags free of charge, or if other carriers will support them, remains to be seen. It's a clever gadget, but true efficiency would only come if every airline started to enable their use. Fingers crossed.

Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.

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