Delta and Virgin Atlantic launch self-service bag-drop at Heathrow

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic are launching 18 self-service bag-drop units at London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3 which it said will save customers valuable time checking in.

Available on all Delta and Virgin Atlantic operated flights to the US, the new self-service units have been rolled out following successful testing at Heathrow.

Through intuitive, easy-to-use technology, customers can drop their bags in under two minutes, giving them more time to enjoy Terminal 3’s lounges or retail and restaurant outlets.

Bags are then accepted into the system and screened as they would be during the traditional bag drop process at the counter.

“The new machines are another way that Delta and Virgin Atlantic are working together to ease the journey through our London hub,” said Delta senior vice president, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, Corneel Koster.

For further peace of mind, the self-service units support Delta’s pioneering RFID bag tracking technology by issuing RFID chipped bag tags. These synch to the Fly Delta app so customers can track their checked bags in real time.

Virgin Atlantic vice president of airports, Hayley Parker said: “This new technology enables customers to breeze through the airport, while ensuring our team are still on hand to deliver personalised service and answer queries at all times.”