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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5887 times:

Hello everyone,

I will be flying out of Portland International Airport (PDX) next week on JetBlue Airways (B6). I am wondering where I should check in PDX, either at a self-service kiosk, or at a full service counter. I will be checking bags.

The reason why I ask is because I want to know what kind of paper B6 prints their boarding passes on. I've noticed that most airlines don't print on the heavy cardstock ("ATB Coupons"?) anymore. I have also seen pictures of B6 boarding passes that are printed on supermarket-type receipts. When I flew on B6 in July of 2007, they printed on ATB Coupons, but do they still do that? I do not want to be stuck with cheapo "receipt" boarding passes; do they print on these at PDX? Also, what do the self-service kiosks in PDX give you?

Any JetBlue fliers or PDX regular fliers out there that can answer any or all of this?
(BTW, I asked this same question on Yahoo Answers and all people said were things along the lines of: "Does this really matter...?" Odds are if I asked the question, then I do think it matters. Maybe someone here will be more helpful.)

Thank you,
Wilson

[Edited 2010-06-16 14:29:34]

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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1297 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5796 times:

I've never flown B6 and received a boarding pass printed on paper other than "supermarket-type receipts." Sometimes they print it on that paper in the format of what a boarding pass on cardstock would look like, but its still the receipt-like paper.

One time I got a CO boarding pass on US Airways card stock, but that was because the US counter agent offered the CO agent her computer to check in our large group at COS.

-J.



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5790 times:

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 1):
I've never flown B6 and received a boarding pass printed on paper other than "supermarket-type receipts."

Is this similar to what AS is using now? The paper they use is not the boarding pass stock type, it is like fax paper or something....



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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5786 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 2):
The paper they use is not the boarding pass stock type, it is like fax paper or something....

That's correct. AS prints on that fax paper-like material.
Do any airlines print on boarding pass cardstock anymore, with the magnetic stripe? I remember a long time ago, you would either give your boarding pass to the gate who would scan it, and then tear the stub off and give it back to you. Or, you got to to stick it into a machine which would read the magnetic stripe, cut the stub off, which then pops out the other end. I know that AC just scans it and gives the whole thing back to you...

[Edited 2010-06-16 14:51:03]

[Edited 2010-06-16 14:51:45]

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5775 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 3):
Do any airlines print on boarding pass cardstock anymore, with the magnetic stripe?

F9 does, but it is not with the magnetic stripe. The boarding pass we use is not the hard paper, it is between a hard paper and fax paper, if that makes any sense.

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 3):
Or, you got to to stick it into a machine which would read the magnetic stripe, cut the stub off, which then pops out the other end.

Doesn't UA still use this method?



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User currently offlineN801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5764 times:

You most likely will receive a boarding pass printed on thermal paper regardless of kiosk or agent. It is much cheaper than card stock.

User currently offlineflyguy89 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 1916 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5764 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 4):
F9 does, but it is not with the magnetic stripe. The boarding pass we use is not the hard paper, it is between a hard paper and fax paper, if that makes any sense.

I know what you're talking about. At AA you'll get the receipt paper if you check in at the self-service kiosks but anything that is done manually as well as stand-by passes, we use that 'in-between' paper, it looks like a standard ticket too and is either green or blue. We also still give out ticket jackets   


User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5714 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 4):
The boarding pass we use is not the hard paper, it is between a hard paper and fax paper, if that makes any sense.

That does make sense, thanks.

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 4):
Doesn't UA still use this method?

I'm not sure. For a while they did, but I don't know if they do anymore. When I flew on UA in July of 2008, they didn't. They used the same type of boarding pass, but no magnetic stripe. It was scanned and given back to me, intact. Sounds like what AirframeAS is talking about for F9.

Quoting flyguy89 (Reply 6):
We also still give out ticket jackets

Awesome!


User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3205 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5673 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 4):
Doesn't UA still use this method?

Possibly at the smaller outstations but at the hubs we haven't used those for quite a long time now.


User currently offlineNASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5649 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
When I flew on B6 in July of 2007, they printed on ATB Coupons, but do they still do that?

In 2007, B6 did print out the "receipt-esque" boarding passes. However, since the change to Sabre, they now print boarding cards. If, of course, you print your boarding pass from a computer, you will receive a sheet of paper with the pass on it. But at the airport, both at the desk and at kiosks, it's a card now.  



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User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5635 times:

At my BA station we do still issue boarding cards with the mag stripe on them along with ticket jackets.


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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5620 times:

Quoting NASBWI (Reply 9):
But at the airport, both at the desk and at kiosks, it's a card now.


Cool, thank you! So no more "receipt" boarding passes for B6?

Quoting jetblast (Reply 10):
At my BA station we do still issue boarding cards with the mag stripe on them along with ticket jackets.


How are they checked at the gate?


User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2882 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5598 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 11):
Cool, thank you! So no more "receipt" boarding passes for B6?

On all the flights I have been on lately for them, my bording passes that were printed from the kiosks or check-in counter have been in the style and layout of a card boarding pass...but the paper is still not your thicker/cardstock paper. It was the thinner thermal paper.

Hope that helps, and Happy Jetting!   

~H81



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3205 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5594 times:

Quoting NASBWI (Reply 9):
In 2007, B6 did print out the "receipt-esque" boarding passes. However, since the change to Sabre, they now print boarding cards.

I flew B6 on JFK-DEN in July 2009 and it was a receipt-style boarding pass.


User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5587 times:

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 13):
I flew B6 on JFK-DEN in July 2009 and it was a receipt-style boarding pass.
Huh. Seems like I'm getting a number of different answers here. Does anybody know specifically what they use in PDX?


User currently offlineNASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5573 times:

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 13):
I flew B6 on JFK-DEN in July 2009 and it was a receipt-style boarding pass.

The switch to Sabre didn't happen until 2010   So yes, in 2009 you would have still gotten receipt-style boarding passes.



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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2882 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5538 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 14):
Huh. Seems like I'm getting a number of different answers here. Does anybody know specifically what they use in PDX?

All airports served by us now have the same style boarding passes:

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 12):
On all the flights I have been on lately for them, my bording passes that were printed from the kiosks or check-in counter have been in the style and layout of a card boarding pass...but the paper is still not your thicker/cardstock paper. It was the thinner thermal paper.

Hope that helps, and Happy Jetting!

 



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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5513 times:

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 16):
All airports served by us now have the same style boarding passes
Thank you, but are they cardstock or the thinner thermal paper?

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 12):
Hope that helps, and Happy Jetting!
Thanks!  


User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5484 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 11):
How are they checked at the gate?

How do you mean? As in how do we board the flight?

We don't actually use the mag stripe on the passes at all - they have a barcode on the front we can scan.



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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5478 times:

Quoting jetblast (Reply 18):
How do you mean? As in how do we board the flight?

Correct.

Quoting jetblast (Reply 18):
We don't actually use the mag stripe on the passes at all - they have a barcode on the front we can scan.

Most airlines these days don't seem to use the magnetic stripe, even if it's already on the boarding pass. They just scan the barcode. Do you guys tear the stub off and return it to the passenger, or give the whole thing back intact? Most airlines also don't seem to tear them anymore, even if the boarding passes are designed with a passenger stub attached.


User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5446 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 19):
Most airlines these days don't seem to use the magnetic stripe, even if it's already on the boarding pass. They just scan the barcode. Do you guys tear the stub off and return it to the passenger, or give the whole thing back intact? Most airlines also don't seem to tear them anymore, even if the boarding passes are designed with a passenger stub attached.

We do not tear anything off the boarding pass - we give them the whole thing back. If we had a situation where our computers were down and we had to manually board the flight we would tear off the stub.

This system is especially nice for our first and business class passengers. When the crew on board take their jackets all they have to do is tear off the stub and attach it to the hanger in the closet with the jacket - much easier to determine whose coat is whose on descent.



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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5349 times:

O.K folks, here's the result:

My B6 flights were yesterday morning, (I will have a trip report up soon) and I checked in at a self-service kiosk at PDX. The kiosk printed the boarding passes on the thinner thermal paper (not cardstock, as NASBWI said. The check-in desk however was printing on cardstock) with a stub attached. No magnetic stripe on any of these, just one barcode on the front. (Although I did see some passengers in the airport and at the gate that had boarding passes with magnetic stripes, what's that about?) When they boarded the flight, they scanned the barcode, tore the stub off and gave it back, keeping the larger portion as their record. Sometimes they tore the stub off first and scanned their portion later (to speed things up, I assume). They also tore a portion off of the boarding passes that were printed at home.


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5334 times:

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 8):
Possibly at the smaller outstations but at the hubs we haven't used those for quite a long time now.

When did you guys stop using the magnetic stripe paper stock?



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3205 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5311 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 22):
When did you guys stop using the magnetic stripe paper stock?

Well... we still use it just because we have incomprehensibly huge inventories of them but they went out of official production in favor of the plain white stock back in... early 2009 or so.


User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5283 times:

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 23):
Well... we still use it just because we have incomprehensibly huge inventories of them but they went out of official production in favor of the plain white stock back in... early 2009 or so.

What do you use the magnetic stripe cardstock for now?


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