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Baggage Working Group (BWG)

​The Baggage Working Group (BWG) was established by the Airport Services Committee (ASC) to review and develop recommendations into a form that can be adopted by the ASC and eventually by the Passenger Services Conference (PSC) as recommended practices or resolutions.

The majority of these changes occur from examination of baggage operations, processes and management to promote effective operations and collaborations among airlines and stakeholders for the benefit of the industry.


  • To review and develop baggage operations, processes and baggage management
  • To review and improve relevant Resolutions and Recommended Practices related to baggage
  • To review and develop baggage messages for baggage handling, baggage tag constitution and identify cross-functional issues that need to be resolved in collaboration with other industry areas related to baggage
  • Lead the industry in baggage innovation

Composition and Meetings


The BWG is open to all:

Calendar and meetings

The group meets 3 times per year and has conference calls as needed. Explore the latest scheduled meetings in the Working Groups Calendar.

For additional information please contact us at baggage@iata.org

Baggage sub-working groups

Baggage XML

The Baggage XML sub-working group is a technical group composed of developers, data architects and business people to modernize the current legacy standards for baggage, which will lead to a better baggage performance and lower airline costs.

The group has been working on the Baggage XML project. The aim of the project is to focus on standardizing the data and the interfaces, by leveraging XML technology as well as redefining the overall information exchange architecture. The project has adopted a data model driven methodology leveraging the IATA Industry Data Model (PADIS) to ensure cross domain semantic alignment and interoperability

Electronic Baggage Tags

The EBT sub-working group is composed of airlines, airports and IATA Strategic Partners. The group works primarily on the reviewing and updating of the Recommended Practice 1754 related to Electronic Baggage Tags. This is to set a common understanding by defining the minimum requirements and elements of an EBT and facilitate the acceptance and subsequent processing of baggage.

The EBT group has also been working on the development of the EBT Implementation Guide issue 1 as a best practice document to help with the implementation.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found Item Chart sub-working group is composed of airlines, airports and IATA Strategic Partners to update the Resolution 743d in relation to the Content Category of Check-in bags.

The group is also creating an item chart for the most common Lost and Found Property items found both on board aircrafts and/or at the airport.

Baggage Prorates

The Baggage Prorates sub-working group is composed of baggage prorates industry experts to tackle the industry issues related to baggage claims and proration processes.

When a bag is mishandled then the cost to recover that bag is shared between airlines. The rules that are in place today are not well understood and are hard to automate, so this group works to develop a simplified set of pro-rate rules that could be used by airlines.

An important activity for the group consists of educating the baggage prorates community by adopting the simplified set of rules. In addition IATA provides the IATA Baggage Claims and Proration course.

The members of the group are also giving their expertise for the future Electronic Baggage Prorate Notice Tool.

Review and Simplify RP1745

The RP1745 revision sub-working group is established for the purpose of defining the conditions under which data elements should be included in baggage messaging.

The group is meeting for the purpose of developing a number of proposed changes to PSCRM RP1745 which:

  • Clarify use of conditional elements
  • Provide clarity on the use of elements and parameters where there is ambiguity in the industry as well as best practice for different message types, including BPMs for Baggage tracking process
  • Refresh examples using real-world operational scenarios (in alignment with RP1800)

The group also cooperates with the XML sub-working group which takes account of any proposed changes to RP1745.

Automation of re-flight and RUSH Process

Automation is one of the areas of the IATA eBC program and this sub-working group composed of airlines, airports and IATA Strategic Partners has been working on the simplification of current back office process, especially related to baggage re-flighting and RUSH bags.

RFID sub-working gorup

This is a group being introduced to update Recommend Practice 1740C in line with changes to accommodate:

  • the use of the .M element
  • accommodate requests from the industry to ensure that there is a common level of performance between RFID tags and systems regardless of their origin
  • and examine the opportunity of reusable RFID in the passenger and airline processes

The group is composed of airlines, airprotsa and IATA Strategic Partners.

The group is currently developing the RFID for Baggage Implementation Guide.


For more information on any of the sub-working groups please contact us at baggage@iata.org.

Baggage Transfer Message (BTM) contact list

If you are an airline and need to contact another airline about baggage messaging, please look at the BTM Contact List on the BWG private site. If you are already a member of the private site, please login as an external user or else request access. For corrections and updates, please contact us at baggage@iata.org.

Baggage Strategic Partners

Become an IATA Strategic Partner and gain a unique insight into airlines’ priorities in addition to having an essential role serving the air transport industry. The IATA Baggage Strategic Partners Program focus on processes, quality, innovation in baggage products such as tracking, electronic devices and receipts as well as Radio Frequency Identification Device Technology (RFID). Join the IATA Strategic Partner program now.

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