Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Mobile phones as boarding passes

A system allowing passengers to use mobile phones as boarding passes is being tested

Travellers use phones carrying their frequent flyer information and fitted with short range wireless communication technology. This recognises them and provides an electronic boarding pass when they swipe it across a reader in the terminal.

The service is available to members of frequent flyer schemes operated by the airport and Air France travelling on the Nice - Paris Orly route. The trial is a joint iniative between the airport, the airline, computer reservations giant Amadeus and hardware provider IER.

Its backers claim the system works even when a phone is switched off or out of battery power.

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