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Changi Airport launches baggage tracker for passengers

Changi Airport launches baggage tracker for passengers

In an effort to reduce travel-related stress, Changi Airport in Singapore recently introduced a bag-tracking service. The luggage tracker, which is accessible through their iChangi mobile app, provides status information for travellers when they depart, arrive, or change terminals at the airport.

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The function is only offered to travellers departing or transferring from Changi Airport on one of 35 participating airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Finnair, Jetstar Asia, and Air India.

Passengers arriving on these airlines at Changi’s terminals 2 and 3 will be able to utilize the tracker as well. Arrival baggage tracking will be deployed at terminals 1 and 4 by early 2023, with the number of airlines on board expected to grow over time.

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The airport stated on its website that the “iChangi Baggage Tracker” uses a combination of data from the airline you fly with and its own baggage system to show you the path your bags took through Changi Airport.

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HOW TO USE THIS FEATURE

Step 1: Scan Your Bag Tag on iChangi app

Simply scan or enter bag tag number into the Baggage Tracker using the iChangi app. You can find your bag tag number on baggage sticker issued at point of checking in.

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Step 2: Start Tracking Your Check-in Bags!

Turn on your notifications and iChangi app will keep you updated on the journey of your bag(s)! Enjoy a worry-free trip as we keep you updated on your baggage status.

The baggage tracking function depends on whether you are departing, arriving or transiting at Changi, with the following abilities:

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  • Departing from Changi: You will be able to track your bags from the point of check-in to the point of loading onto the aircraft.
  • Arriving at Changi: You will be able to track your bags from the point of check-in at your origin airport to the point of delivery to the baggage belt at Changi Airport.
  • Transiting through Changi: You will be able to track your bags from the point of check-in at your origin airport, through to their arrival in Changi Airport, and to the point of loading onto the aircraft for departure, if both origin and destination flights are operated by participating airlines.

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ANAC Halts Porto Alegre Flight Sales, Due to Severe Airport Flooding

ANAC Halts Porto Alegre Flight Sales, Due to Severe Airport Flooding

In response to severe flooding that has rendered Salgado Filho Airport in Porto Alegre inoperable, the Brazilian Civil Aviation Regulator, the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), has enacted a temporary prohibition on the sale of airline tickets to and from the airport.

This measure applies across all sales channels, including travel agencies, and will remain in effect until ANAC reevaluates the situation.

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The closure of the airport, located in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, has had significant repercussions, affecting more than 490,000 passengers. The terminal remains indefinitely closed due to the flooding, with the runway still submerged under water.

In light of these circumstances, airlines are offering flexibility to affected customers. Passengers can reschedule their flights to Porto Alegre within a year of the original scheduled date without incurring additional fees. Alternatively, they can opt for a refund, either in cash or credit.

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To accommodate displaced travelers, airlines have increased the number of flights to nearby airports in the southern region of Brazil. This increase aims to prioritize passengers who already have issued tickets.

According to ANAC’s directives, airlines must identify and prioritize contact with passengers who have a pending return journey, whether traveling to or from Rio Grande do Sul, to facilitate their reaccommodations preferentially.

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Man Falls From Airplane Door In Indonesia After Staff Pull Back Stairs

Man Falls From Airplane Door In Indonesia After Staff Pull Back Stairs

An airline worker in Indonesia narrowly escaped serious injury in a harrowing incident at Jakarta Airport.

The episode unfolded when colleagues inadvertently removed the airstairs from a TransNusa Airbus A320 just as the worker stepped off the plane, causing him to plummet to the tarmac below.

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Reports detail the heart-stopping moment when the worker, engaged in conversation inside the aircraft, exited the door only to find himself stepping into thin air. Caught off guard by the sudden absence of the stepladder, he fell to the ground as his colleagues looked on in shock.

Fortunately, the quick response of those nearby ensured the worker received immediate medical attention, with reports indicating his condition is now stable and he has avoided serious injury. A viral video of the incident, shared by CEO of Avialaz Consultants Sanjay Lazar, has sparked widespread concern on social media platforms, drawing attention to the dangers faced by aviation personnel in high-pressure environments.

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In the footage, two crew members can be seen detaching the stepladder, unaware of the worker’s imminent departure from the aircraft. Moments later, the worker steps out, only to be met with empty space and a sudden descent to the ground. The chaotic scene unfolds as papers scatter in the air and bystanders rush to aid the fallen worker.

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Italian Airports Explore Passport-Free Travel with FaceBoarding Technology

Italian Airports Explore Passport-Free Travel with FaceBoarding Technology
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In a groundbreaking move toward seamless travel experiences, two Italian airports, Milan Linate and Catania, are leading the way with innovative “FaceBoarding” technology at their security checkpoints.

This cutting-edge facial recognition system enables passengers to breeze through the airport without the hassle of presenting their passport or boarding pass.

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Here’s how it works: passengers over 18 simply need to check-in and then proceed to the FaceBoarding desks, where they scan their passport or electronic ID card and undergo a facial scan for verification.

Once registered, travelers can enjoy expedited processes at security screening and boarding gates, with dedicated lanes ensuring priority for FaceBoarding users. Initially available for ITA Airways and Scandinavian Airlines passengers, the trial phase of this technology promises a glimpse into the future of air travel.

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While other airlines still require traditional document checks, those participating in the trial can enjoy the convenience of passport-free boarding. But the innovation doesn’t stop there. Soon, with the FaceBoarding app launching in June, registered users can streamline their future journeys by attaching boarding passes directly to their scanned identity documents. This seamless integration aims to enhance passenger convenience and airport efficiency.

Moreover, frequent flyers have the option to register for FaceBoarding for one or all of their flights during the trial period, which extends until December 31, 2025. This initiative optimizes the airport experience by minimizing the need for document checks while maintaining stringent security measures.

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Meanwhile, on a broader scale, the European Union is gearing up to introduce another form of biometric technology. The Entry/Exit System (EES) will automate the registration process for non-EU travelers, including those from the UK, streamlining entry procedures across EU airports.

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