Rockwell Collins Airport Systems Glossary of Terms


Airport Baggage Handling System


The airport baggage handling system is a vital, yet complex part of airport operations.

Typically, airline passengers carry two types of baggage – checked-in luggage and hand luggage. Hand luggage is carried on board the aircraft by the passenger, and checked-in baggage enters the baggage handling system, where it is passes through a security screening system, and is transported to the aircraft hold. This luggage will be collected at the destination airport by the passenger upon arrival.

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Both classifications of passenger luggage are subject to strict size and weight restrictions, which are imposed by individual airlines. These requirements will often vary according to each airline, and it is wise to check these entitlements before travel. Should passengers exceed the size and weight allowances, then airlines are entitled to charge additional fees for, what is referred to as, ‘excess baggage’.


How modern baggage handling systems in airports have changed

The baggage handling system in airports today is significantly far removed from traditional baggage handling processes. Historically, passenger luggage was checked-in, weighed and measured manually by airline-specific personnel at a dedicated check-in counter located inside the airport terminal.

Once checked-in and manually tagged, the luggage progressed, via a series of conveyors and manual handling operatives, to the correct aircraft.

With increasing pressure upon global airports due to the growth in passenger numbers and additional aviation security measures, the process of baggage check-in and handling has inevitably changed to increase efficiency, while maintaining security and meeting critical bottom-line budgetary requirements.

Automation is the key element to increasing efficiency to meet peak demand across the airport environment, and the airport baggage handling system has experienced a revolutionary makeover that relies on automation and integration with the latest self-service innovations.

The introduction of self-service passenger processing and bag drop solutions are offering the answers to the challenges that airports are currently facing, in addition to increasing valuable terminal space as the need for airline-specific counters is reduced, or in some cases, completely eliminated.

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How can Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Airports solutions help?

Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Airports solutions have been designed and developed to offer airport operators the flexibility they need to streamline critical processes through automation and innovation.

With more than 80% of passenger check-ins now taking place outside the traditional airport workstation, common-use applications are streamlining passenger processing and baggage handling systems to deliver an enhanced view of the journey for the traveller – giving them greater control of their arrangements – and increased flexibility for the airport operator with the opportunity to better manage costs, resources and valuable terminal floor space.

Thanks to ARINC ExpressDrop, Rockwell Collins’ innovative off-site, remote baggage handling application, passengers are now able to experience the baggage handling system before they even arrive at the airport.

Rockwell Collins embraces the latest advancements in technology to deliver innovation and a scalable, flexible solution to airports of all sizes around the globe. Helping our customers to meet bottom-line budgeting requirements, improve airport security and maintain passenger satisfaction with automated baggage handling systems and self-service applications.

Contact us today to find out more, or visit the baggage systems page now.


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