Mobile phones to act as boarding pass

Airlines push for paperless admin

Travel Insurance News - 02/01/2008

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Airlines are planning a paperless administration system that could mean our mobile phones will be used as boarding passes. Airline bosses are a step closer after having settled on a particular type of new technology that will enable millions of passengers around the world to work from they new system.

Travellers are already downloading boarding passes via the internet before they begin their journey to the airport. The barcode printed on the pass is similar to that of supermarket codes product. The new technology will send the barcode to a mobile phone so that passengers can place their telephones under airport depature gate scanners and walk straight on to the aircraft. Travellers with luggage would leave them at the baggage drop and be issued with reclaim tags before moving to the departure lounge. The system is already used in other parts of the world including Japan. The move to paperless tickets which is likely to be complete during 2008 is likely to be complete during 2008. The move towards telephone scanning technology will hopefully decrease the amoung of frustration endured by travellers as they are forced to endure frequent delays whilst travelling. Another possibility being considered to help the average passenger is the prospect of carriers putting radio tags on luggage to prevent bags being mislaid.

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