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Baggage Services

​IATA’s Baggage Services brings value to the air transport industry through several mechanisms. These support our members and encourage collaboration between airlines when transporting baggage. Our main project focus is InBag - Innovation in Baggage.

Closely tied to our project work, we produce and maintain standards for the handling of baggage and baggage messaging. We also support our colleagues in IATA Training

The value that IATA's Baggage Services delivers to the industry can be resumed through our:

Work Groups

Through resolutions and recommendations, IATA provides the industry standards for processing baggage.

Our baggage standards are being continuously developed by our Working Groups, whose members are representatives from airlines, airports, ground handlers and industry suppliers.
The working groups related to Baggage Services are:

Baggage Tracking Implementation Guide

The IATA Resolution 753 and A4A Resolution 30.53 Implementation Guide, has been developed and written by members of the Joint IATA/A4A Baggage Working Group and approved by the IATA Airport Services Committee, during its meeting ASC/2 in Dallas, 13th February 2017.

It is important to remember that this document is intended to provide guidance on how an airline might meet their obligation, and how an airport might support their airlines in doing so. It is a guide; it is not a set of instructions.

This document is therefore aimed at airlines, airports, or any other party with an interest in helping airlines to meet their obligations under Resolution 753/30.53. It attempts to help the reader break down the overall topic of ‘network wide baggage tracking’ into a set of manageable topics, and to address each of them in turn:

    1. What is meant by ‘Baggage Tracking’; what data needs to be recorded, the timeliness of that record and the potential methods to be used
    2. How the data can be exchanged with other parties; including a Data Charter outlining the sharing of information, as well as a discussion on who might record data, when that data might be exchanged and the technologies that could be used for this exchange
    3. A discussion of how tracking and data exchange can be used to achieve the benefits outlined in the resolution
    4. A look at how a member carriers airport, interline and ground handling partners can work together to implement a cost effective compliance to the resolution
    5. A discussion on Best Practice, and how tracking strategies could be evaluated



For more information about the guide, please contact baggageservices@iata.org

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