6/19/2013 11:18:00 AM

Will Airports Float Your Luggage Like Air Hockey Pucks?

Rendering courtesy of Airbus
In the future, your luggage could float on a bed of air from airport trucks to cargo compartments a la pucks on an air hockey table, the Daily Beast reports. The system, designed by a team from the University of São Paulo in Brazil, was the winning design in the Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge, which encourages college students to develop green initiatives and other innovations for plane travel. The Brazilian design is meant cut down on friction and baggage transfer time, ultimately saving airlines money. The other finalist ideas included harnessing passenger body heat to power overhead lighting and the use of methane gas to power airplanes.

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