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Baggage Tracking

IATA Resolution 753 on baggage tracking is intended to encourage airlines to further reduce mishandling by implementing cross-industry tracking for every baggage journey.

Resolution 753 became effective on 1st June 2018. It was initially requested by airline members and approved by the Joint Passenger Services Conference (JPSC) in 2013 allowing enough time for implementation.

Mandatory Tracking points

According to Resolution 753, airlines must track baggage at four key points in the baggage journey as follows:

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  • Passenger handover to airline
  • Loading to the aircraft
  • Deliver to the transfer area
  • Return to the passenger

Industry Involvement

Resolution 753 places an obligation on IATA and A4A member airlines. However in many cases, airlines will be seeking the support from stakeholders involved in the baggage journey such as airports and ground handlers. To this extend, IATA, Airlines for America (A4A) and Airport Council International (ACI) World are collaborating together to support the industry.

The resolution itself could seem simple, however implementing baggage tracking could be complex and lead in some cases to changes in processes and/or infrastructure.

This is the reason why it is important for airlines and key stakeholders involved in baggage tracking to understand the Resolution 753 requirements, assess their current situation, identify gaps and define the best strategy to maximize the benefits the Resolution 753 could bring.

Industry Benefits

Resolution 753 on baggage tracking is a means of driving improvement for individual carriers and within the baggage operations of the industry as a whole.

The full benefits of baggage tracking will be realized when tracking data is collected and used. In the rare cases when a bag does not arrive with the passenger there will be much more information available to facilitate a quicker reunion. And the benefits don’t stop there. Tracking bags will also reduce fraud, enable proactive reporting, speed up aircraft readiness for departure and facilitate the automation of baggage processes.


To support airlines in getting ready for the Resolution 753 implementation, IATA has developed different resources:

  • IATA Resolution 753
  • Baggage tracking implementation guide
  • Baggage tracking presentation​​
  • Regional workshops
  • IATA Implementation Plan Review​​
  • IATA Certificates (Hub, Network)​​
  • Resolution 753 tracker tool
  • IATA and ACI airport questionnaire for baggage tracking
  • Consultancy services​​
  • Training baggage tracking - implementation and compliance
  • 1 year to go campaign

For information on the resources and how to get the information please contact Global Baggage Operations

Baggage Tracking Implementation Guide

Download the Joint IATA-A4A-ACI Baggage Tracking Implementation Guide by completing the form in the Baggage Tracking section.

Baggage Tracking Webinars

The one hour baggage tracking webinar aims to give high level information regarding IATA Resolution 753 on baggage tracking.

The first week of June 2018 five sessions were delivered. There will be eight new sessions in October 2018 (registration will open closer to date)

Industry Feedback

The information contained in the Baggage Tracking Implementation Guide is subject to constant review by the Baggage Tracking Sub-Group. The group would welcome feedback on the document on ways in which it can be improved to be more relevant for the industry in the implementation projects.

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