Futuristic Trends in Luggage Sortation and Retrieval Systems for the Age of the Jumbo Jets 680704
Increased air travel and new larger capacity aircraft, along with their planned counterpart super terminals, are demanding new terminal luggage handling systems. The airlines, at a time when their revenues are up and profits down, are looking for cost reduction in their ground handling operations. Airport planners, in attempting to handle the anticipated passenger loads, provide the airlines with efficient terminals, and at the same time make it easier for passengers to negotiate the terminals, are looking for new high speed automated luggage handling systems.
The concept of placing luggage in individual containers that can be coded and directed around the terminals at high speeds is a viable answer to future luggage handling, offering the ability to completely automate air terminal luggage handling, adequately handling peak loads, while at the same time providing added passenger convenience.