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Delivery of Delayed Luggage via a Preauthorized Contingency Courier Account

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000176149D
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-06
Document File: 11 page(s) / 56K

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Abstract

The present disclosure describes a system and methods for the return of an airlines delinquent luggage. According to some embodiments, a Preauthorized Contingency Courier Transaction Tag is provided wherein delayed, displaced or found luggage can be expedited to the rightful owner by a parcel courier. Additionally, some embodiments provide methods that enable the courier to determine a delivery location via a provided itinerary so that a traveler may receive his/her luggage while traveling.

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    Delivery of Delayed Luggage via a Preauthorized Contingency Courier Account

Background

Every year millions of Americans take to the skies en route to a multitude of personal or business related destinations. Airlines are the favored transportation medium among most travelers as the duration of transit is minimal in comparison to other modes of transportation.

In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported more than 679 million domestic airline passengers and over 90 million international airline passengers for the year ending 2007.

However, airline usage is not limited to passenger travel. There are

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plethoras of cargo carrying flights daily that logged more than 39.9

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billion freight ton-miles in 2007; according to a BTS "2007 Cargo Revenue Ton-miles" report.

Given the number of flights daily, it is reasonable to assume that mistakes such as, missed flights, flight delays, and misrouted luggage are likely to occur. Fig.1 illustrates that 23% to 25% of flights are canceled or delayed yearly. These canceled and delayed flights often act as a catalyst for further delayed flights. Furthermore, flight delays may impact the timeliness of connecting flights or worse, may cause passengers to miss their connecting flights. To complicate matters further, when passengers miss their connecting flights, they become separated from their luggage.

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Fig. 2 illustrates the number of displaced luggage during the first six months of 2007 vs. the same period in 2008, sorted by Airline. Fig. 2

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data demonstrates that select airlines lost anywhere from 10,000 to 300,000 bags during this period. As a result, many vacationers were left without clothes and toiletries, business persons had to remain in their suits, and, mail or parcel delivery were delayed.

In addition to baggage displaced by operational inefficiencies, airports occasionally lose and/or misplace baggage due to unforeseeable events. For example, on August 10, 2006, London's Heathrow Airport canceled more than 200 of 1250 flights due to a perceived threat of terrorism. Airport officials received intelligence that terrorist were planning to target airlines via explosives in baggage. As a result of heightened security, airport officials mandated that all baggage was to be X-rayed and/or searched prior to loading. This incident resulted in more than two hundred thousand displaced bags leaving travelers luggage-less for weeks.

Summary of Problem

According to the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S Department of Transportation's U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statisti...