You can now use your mobile phone as a boarding pass to go through the security line and board a plane at more than 100 U.S. airports. These include mega-airports like JFK and O’Hare as well as smaller facilities such as Fresno and Helena. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), this serves passengers two ways:
- Streamlines the customer experience
- Heightens TSA’s ability to detect fraudulent boarding passes
As of last month, airlines participating in this relatively new technology include Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, United, US Airways, and Virgin America.
US Airways Mobile Boarding Pass Use Expands
Arizona-based US Airways has announced its NCR Corp. mobile boarding pass technology is now available in 14 airports and will expand to more later this year. It’s a simple and easy-to-use system:
- Passengers are emailed an encrypted 2D barcode
- Codes can be scanned at airport kiosks and security checkpoints
NCR conducted a study last year that showed almost half of all travellers who use their mobile phones for travel information/travel transactions also use the phone for check-in. It makes sense and seems more secure. After all, we might lose a printed-out-on-paper boarding pass; we are much less likely to let go of our phone.
One more good reason to be sure your phone’s battery is always full, and you have a charger on your person.