The Canadian budget carrier WestJet has introduced a DIY baggage tagging system. On selected trans border flights, passengers now have the option of printing and attaching their own baggage tags at the check-in kiosk.
WestJet’s “self-serve kiosks” allow you to check-in, select your seat, print your boarding pass, prepay excess luggage, and even change your flight. This range of options is now being expanded to included tagging your own bags.
The self-tagging service is currently available on US-bound flights from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal.
Tagging your own bags is meant to speed up the whole check-in process, getting passengers through the gate faster while reducing the workload for airport staff. American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are currently trialing the same concept. In the not-too-distant future, self-tagging could become the industry standard.
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