Application of RFID Technology in Aviation Management

With the rapid development of economy, the civil aviation industry has achieved unprecedented development. With the continuous increase of passenger and cargo volume of airports, people have higher and higher requirements on the service quality of airports.RFID technology has been widely used in all walks of life, so large airports at home and abroad have been using RFID technology to improve the airports’ production , operation and the efficiency of service.

What applications of RFID technology in airport management?

I. Airport baggage sorting management

Someone made a metaphor for the baggage sorting process:”An airport's baggage system is like a city's Transportation planning”

The working process of the baggage sorting management system is: At check-in counters, luggage are pasted by a RFID tag; After security checks, the baggage is taken to the  entrance of baggage handling system; In this system, a UHF RFID fixed reader and four antennas will be used to form an all-round 360-degree coverage; After the reader obtains the tag’s information, it can tracks the luggage in classifies until the baggage reaches the passengers.

Advantages of baggage sorting management system:

1. Scan quickly

Barcode scanning for one-to-one correspondence, But the UHF RFID reader can read multiple RFID tags simultaneously.

2.Size small and volume, Morphological diversity

The RFID reading technology is not limited by size and shape, it does not need to match the fixed size of paper and the printing quality for reading accuracy.

3.Strong anti - pollution ability and durability

The traditional barcode carrier is paper, which is easy to be contaminated, while the RFID tag stores the data in the chip, thus avoiding contamination.

4. Reusability

Most bar codes cannot be changed after being printed, and RFID tags can be added, modified or deleted repeatedly of the data. Convenient to update the information.

5.Penetrating and unobstructed reading

In the condition of coverage, RFID can penetrate non-metallic or non-transparent materials such as paper, wood and plastics, and it also can communicate through them. Bar-code scanners just can read bar-code at close range and without objects blocking them.


Because RFID carries electronic information, its data content can be protected by password, so that its content is not easy to be forged and altered.

Through the baggage handling system, airlines can effectively solve most problems of misloading and misdelivery of baggage, and it also can greatly reduce the amount of compensation for lost baggage.

II. RFID Aircraft maintenance tracking and maintenance

Through the tracking of aircraft parts can reduce the production of fake products and ensure the timely delivery of each part as needed. Ensure the visibility of the tools in the warehouse and use process through the tracking system, improve the work efficiency and reduce the cost.

III Airport’s warehouse management

Large airports have a lot of cargo, it usually takes a lot of time to find one. According to the cargo information recorded in RFID tags on the cargo,  also according to unique number of the goods can master the cargo status, location and so on, so as to facilitate cargo management.

IV. Oxygen generator management

Delta air lines using RFID technology to manage oxygen generators and understand the expiration time of oxygen generators. check the information of oxygen generator by RFID UHF handheld device, which improves working efficiency and reduces information error rate.

V.Passenger service

Applications of RFID technology in passenger services include: E-ticket, VIP service, personalized service, airport navigation service, etc. Using the e-tickets avoids the embarrassment of being unable to board the plane due to the loss or forgetting of tickets; VIP service can use the proprietary RFID VIP card to achieve convenient service; Humanized service can evacuate people and retrieve lost children through personal positioning. Airport navigation is realized by personal positioning and electronic map technology.

VI. Security

In terms of access control, unauthorized personnel should not enter the restricted area through the access control card. In the flight area, In combination with GPS technology, the system can monitor the whole process of landing and taking off in real time .

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