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October 4, 2012

The Fascinating History of the Humble Baggage Tag

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A collection of luggage tags. (Photo by Steve D. via Flickr, CC-BY-NC-SA)

Have you ever given much thought to that barcoded strip of paper looped around the handle of your checked suitcase? Me neither, and FYI, it’s not even paper. Slate columnist/pilot Mark Vanhoenacker explains the history of the automated baggage tag and how it helps our luggage arrive on the same flight as us 99.97 percent of the time. [Slate]

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