On two occasions last year, Airline companies lost my luggage... Sometimes our return flights have been commercial, and those were a nightmare!
Airlines can invoke a ceiling of only $2,500 per passenger on the amount of money they will pay you, regardless of the value of whatever you have packed in the bags. With a total of 5500.00 (jacket, shoes, change of clothes, etc.) not to mention the price of luggage, only a portion will be reimbursed.
While searching Google, this is what I found:
~Radio frequency tags (RFID)...
~Looked like a great option here: Globalbagtag...
Until I went here:
1. Instead, in the future, we could be tracked because we'll be wearing, eating and carrying objects that are carefully designed to do so. news story.
2. Why should we worry? ...Medical implants.
3. Unlike ubiquitous UPC bar-code technology, RFID technology does not require contact or line of sight for communication. RFID data can be read through the human body, clothing and non-metallic materials.~ RFID website
4. "The unfolding second generation EPC specification, DoD suppliers work together to support the American soldier and DHL begins item level garment tracking."library
(^_^) Here's RFID's Homeland Security update:
..."tags will not include visitors' biographic or biometric information. Rather, they will contain only a serial code that links to a visitors’ information securely stored in databases used by US VISIT. It will also be tamper-proof and difficult to counterfeit. There are many other layers of defense to prevent information being used incorrectly including:
No personal information will be included on the tag
Information on the tag cannot be changed
The tag will only be activated once officially issued
Personal information is only processed over secure communication paths
These factors will render ineffective so-called "skimming," the use of unauthorized reading devices to capture information from such tags. A serial code would be meaningless to any third party trying to collect that information.
Also, it will be impossible to "track" the whereabouts of someone holding such a passive tag without a corresponding reading device. Concerns about such tracking using passive RFID are perhaps confused with Global Positioning Satellite devices, which rely on a completely different technology from that used by RFID and will not be used by US VISIT."
~I'm not one for fear tactics, and do not feel paranoid.. It may be possible that many confuse RFID with Global Positioning Satellite devices. The question does remain, however, as we build and refine the many various databases, embedded bank notes, passports, etc.. "Do we give any one group full control? Can we be removed at will?
~Consumer Privacy held in a mini-computer device:
~RFID for : asset tracking
~Spy tracking your every move
~Track flights with Google Earth
~Don't miss the excellent posts at Rick Moran's Twenty sixth
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