New Auto Bag Drop Units go Live at Tokyo’s Narita Airport

The first ten of the new auto bag drops are now in use at Zone D of Tokyo Narita's Terminal 1. (ICM)

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has becoming the first airline to utilise the newly introduced automated self-service baggage drop (ABD) machines at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. The first ten of ICM’s Series 7 ABD units went live in Zone D of the south wing of the airport’s Terminal 1 on the morning of September 17. The Narita Airport Corporation (NAC) has labelled this area the “Smart Check-in Zone.”

The ICM machines are the first that ANA has used for international flights. They can already be used for most of the airline’s destinations with North American routes being eligible by the end of the year.

Masaki Yokai, senior vice president of ANA commented: “ANA seeks to set the standard for the integration of technology that makes travel simpler and more straightforward, and the addition of these self-service baggage drop machines will have an immediate impact.

“This is simply the latest step that we have taken in our never-ending quest to simplify travel. We remain committed to working with airports and other partners to field test new technologies and develop solutions that improve customer service.”

The NAC will eventually install the self-service baggage drops at all terminals.