Delta Air Lines Uses RFID in MRO and Security Operations

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Delta Air Lines operates an extensive domestic and international network, with more than 5,000 flights daily and approximately 80,000 employees. The airline has used RFID in its maintenance operation for more than two years, tagging emergency equipment in the cabin that must be on every plane and must not be expired—oxygen generators, life vests, portable oxygen bottles, first-aid kits, medical kits, defibrillators, fire suppression squibs, and so forth. RFID replaces repeated date inspections and allows Delta to get the maximum life out of an asset before removing it from service. Additional projects are planned to use RFID for internal distribution, identifying and tracking tire inventory, and other projects. Learn how Delta is currently testing an RFID application to improve TSA security checks in Atlanta, Detroit and Tokyo, with eventual expansion planned for the entire fleet.

Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Aircraft Maintenance, DELTA