Given the story about Alaska Airlines luggage handlers playing a 30 minute game of horseshoes with luggage not to mention the care shown by these Air Canada baggage handlers, and that you never know when your bags will have bullets planted in them or your personal items stolen right out from inside them, it seemed worth flagging an interesting kickstarter idea.
BagSentry plans to let you monitor your luggage throughout the trip. It’s not real-time monitoring, sticking a GPS beacon inside the bag would raise flags with the government and having your luggage connect to inflight internet is precisely what the government insists not be allowed. It would be cool if your bag was smart enough to clear captcha but they they’d probably ban inflight internet altogether.
Instead they collect data throughout the journey and when you hook up the BagSentry sensor with your smartphone app you can tell if the bag was opened, left outside in the rain, dropped, or otherwise abused.
The BagSentry report gives you evidence you can use when filing a claim with the airline.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen something like this, a year ago I reported on the world’s first suitcase that comes with a smartphone app. I think the built-in stereo was overkill, but a suitcase that weighs itself is kind of cool for the sort of folks who tend to push the limit of their baggage allowance.
I try not to check luggage, and don’t check anything that I can’t afford to lose. (And if my luggage is lost or delayed I’ll turn the claim over to the coverage I have from the credit card I used to purchase the ticket.) So I’m not a donor to this kind of effort. But I also know how much many people worry about their bags so it’s the kind of product I can see a lot of people really wishing existed. Cool product, but doesn’t help prevent your bags from getting lost or finding them when they do — just helps you know what happened to them while they were out of your possession.