Handling of Air Baggage


The Airport staff working with baggage handling have a tough job, lifting up to 15 tonnes/day per person. Every bag gets lifted manually 6 times on its way from check in to the baggage drop band, which is why the work is very repetitive and often leads to back, shoulder and other kinds of physical problems. My concept, the ABT (Autonomous Baggage Train), removes 4 of these manual lifting moments and also shortens the waiting time for the arriving passengers, reduces the wear on both baggage and the airport’s baggage bands and contributes to a safer working environment.

Inspiration and Method

I started the project by doing three study visits on two different airports and with two different companies, Swedavia and Aviator. I also got access to a report from a project called Skadefria Lastare through TYA (Transportfackens Yrkes och Arbetsmiljönämnd) which has helped me alot. Once I started to get a picture of the problem I began developing ideation concepts and after discussing these ideas with my collaboration partners and my tutor I choose one concept to keep developing.

I have already presented my thesis work on TYA’s yearly conference for discussing issues regardning ground handling on Swedish airports and I will present the project for Bagageutvecklingsgruppen, which is Sweden’s leading group in developing baggage handling on airports before the summer. I will also present my thesis work on multiple companies with connection to design thoughout the summer and the autumn.


The final result of the project is called the ABT, Autonomous Baggage Train, and is a 9,5 meter long snake like vehicle designed for one purpose: To reduce the amount of manual lifting in the baggage handling process as much as possible. As far as I know the concept is a completely new approach to the problem and does not exist today. It removes 4 of today’s 6 manual lifting moments that each checked in bag goes through and shortens the waiting time for the passengers as well. The technology behind the idea exists today, but for this product to become a reality some rebuilding of the airports would need to be done and because of that I would say that this concept is probably realizable within a 10 year period.