vc10boac From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 395 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1309 times:
Last week I boarded a Delta flight DTW - BWI with the wrong boarding pass. By mistake I displayed the boarding pass for the flight to DTW earlier that day. The only indication I got that something was wrong, was that the little printer printed out a receipt like piece of paper for seat 4A, my actual seat. (I was in 2A on the earlier flight). I was a bit puzzled when the ticket was printed since I did not change my seat, then realized what happened. The gate agent did not seem to notice I used the wrong pass. Was something wrong here or is this normal?
Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3698 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1236 times:
As far as I know, on a multi segment itinerary, all your boarding passes have the same 2D code. I have a feeling that the 2D code does nothing but translate to your 6 character record locator. So it doesn't really matter if they scanned the old one, the gate treats this as if you used the correct one.
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Tomassjc From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 740 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
I am thinking when you boarded with the wrong boarding pass and scanned the pass, it sent the system an error message and the system issued you a boarding pass for the current flight. This will happen if the current flgiht is on the same PNR as the previous one you scanned the pass for. As a nonrev on DL, we can scan a standby boarding pass with no seat, and a printout will issue for the seat assignment during boarding.
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Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23184 posts, RR: 23 Reply 5, posted (2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1129 times:
Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 1): As far as I know, on a multi segment itinerary, all your boarding passes have the same 2D code. I have a feeling that the 2D code does nothing but translate to your 6 character record locator. So it doesn't really matter if they scanned the old one, the gate treats this as if you used the correct one.
When you check in online with many airlines you only get one piece of paper that serves as your boarding pass for all connecting flights and only one bar code which works when boarding all the flights covered by the boading pass.
B747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 16819 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 989 times:
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 5): When you check in online with many airlines you only get one piece of paper that serves as your boarding pass for all connecting flights and only one bar code which works when boarding all the flights covered by the boading pass.
SAS uses the same system for all printed boarding passes, even if you check in at the airport. So on a multileg itinerary you will only get one boarding pass. Even on short day trips where both the inbound and outbound are within 22 hours of each other you will have both flights on one boarding pass.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 21795 posts, RR: 19 Reply 8, posted (2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 972 times:
Totally normal on DL. You can scan any boarding pass on the trip (and, I think, any boarding pass on the itinerary) and it'll print out a seat assignment receipt if it's a different leg than the one for which you used the boarding pass. This is important for those who don't use paper, since a mobile "seat request card" does not exist, so all you may have is a boarding pass from a different flight if there are seats on one flight and not on the other.
Some may recall that, shortly before the merger, NW went to a single boarding pass for the whole trip with a 2-D barcode. I understand that DL's IT infrastructure did not support 2-D barcodes at the time, so they went back to a 1-D barcodes and one boarding pass per leg.
Convention for the passenger, SAS just give you one boarding pass, with all your segments listed on that boarding pass. This even happens if you connect later to another airline, so obviously, it is still the same system.
Quoting B747forever (Reply 7): SAS uses the same system for all printed boarding passes, even if you check in at the airport. So on a multileg itinerary you will only get one boarding pass.
I once flew EVE-OSL-FRA-SIN-PER with SK and SQ, and SK issued a boarding pass with all segments (including SQ operated segments) on the same boarding pass. It was funny at both FRA and SIN, when the SQ gate agents didn't know quite what they were looking at, as the first flight on the boarding pass was a Norwegian domestic sector. In SIN, they actually gave me the boarding pass back and asked for the correct boarding pass. I had to point out that the boarding pass had the correct sector on it.
So long as it was on the same PNR then, as far as the computer is concerned, it is a multi-segment itinerary
Quoting vc10boac (Reply 3): No it just printed a piece of paper with my correct seat number
Which is a de facto boarding pass
I've had one of those as well on DL*. Automatically printing out a shop-style receipt from the scanner is quicker than the agent having to go over to the computer, play around for a bit, and then print out a new "real" boarding pass, which is what happened when I was re-seated on AA. We're talking 5 seconds vs 30. If there is only one agent at the gate then that makes a big difference. And really (once through TSA) what other information do you need displayed on your boarding pass other than your seat number?
*I misconnected at ATL, and was informed that I had been automatically rebooked on the later flight 90 minutes later. Instead of issuing a new boarding pass, I was told to just hand over my old one when boarding.
vc10boac From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 395 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (2 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 839 times:
Thanks for all your responses. So I guess boarding passes are not what they used to be. They are now simply a way to identify the passenger (using a barcode) to the computer which already has all the information, so as long as the passenger can be identified, what is actually printed on the pass does not really matter.