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Baggage Control System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000092276D
Original Publication Date: 1968-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Midland, B: AUTHOR

Abstract

Baggage checked by airline passengers or others can be removed from a baggage storage area through an electronically controlled gate. Such removal is effected only by inserting both portions of a magnetically encoded claim check in a magnetic character reader.

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Baggage Control System

Baggage checked by airline passengers or others can be removed from a baggage storage area through an electronically controlled gate. Such removal is effected only by inserting both portions of a magnetically encoded claim check in a magnetic character reader.

Claim check 1 has portions 2 and 3 detachably connected by score 4. Magnetically encodable stripe 5 extends across 2 and 3. Both portions are magnetically inscribed with numbers or other code when 1 is issued upon baggage checkin. A passenger retains 2 and 3 is fixed to the baggage. The number on 3 can be identical with that on 2 or, to minimize theft, it can be identical except for certain digits. For example, if baggage weighs 30 lbs., 2 might be numbered 12345600, and 3 numbered 12345630. Or 3 could be 12345615, i.e., a preselected constant number, e.g., 15, is added to 2.

At a destination, passengers claiming baggage proceed via turnstile to the baggage room. Baggage can be removed from the baggage room only via an electronically controlled gate. This unlocks only when a magnetic character reader verifies that the portions 2 and 3 are from the same check 1. In the arrangement where 2 and 3 are numbered identically, such portions are inserted in reader and compared. If baggage weight forms part of the code, the baggage must be put on a scale and this input added to the number on 2 and then compared to that on 3. Score 4 can be irregular, as shown, to facilitate accurate lateral reg...