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Airline offers real-time bag tracking this holiday season

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WASHINGTON (CBS) -

The holidays are right around the corner and more people are expected to travel through the air this year, so one airline wants to make sure your luggage ends up wherever you go.

Delta Airlines now uses a $50 million system to give flyers real-time bag tracking.

Travelers get cell phone alerts and even a map to show their bag's current location.

The luggage tags have a small chip which is scanned as a bag moves through the system and onto a plane.  

If the light turns red, it means that bag does not belong on that flight.

"We believe this is already having a five to 10 percent reduction on the number of mishandled bags that we have in our system,” Delta Senior Vice President Bill Lentsch said.

Delta is rolling out the new luggage system at 84 airports across the United States.

Read more about the new tracking system here

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