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User currently offlinepierrelav From Brazil, joined Mar 2011, 45 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 months 2 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

I was wondering what happen to all the boarding passes after they have been tallied at the departure gate. Can some help?

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User currently offlineflyboy_se From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 833 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (6 months ago) and read 1352 times:

It depends at different airlines. Most airlines now scan the boarding pass and passenger keeps it.
Usually they are kept untill aircraft reached the destination and then they are destroyed by either shredder or burned.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26021 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 784 times:

Quoting flyboy_se (Reply 1):
It depends at different airlines. Most airlines now scan the boarding pass and passenger keeps it.

It's been a few years since I've been on a flight where the airline wanted to keep the boarding pass. Now everything is just scanned and they don't care about paper. Many passengers also now also have their boarding passes on their mobile phones and just scan the bar code at the gate.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17148 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 780 times:

If you have a paper ticket WN still collects them at the gate.

What I find annoying is that a BP still has to been shown to an FA when boarding the aircraft.



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User currently offlinepierrelav From Brazil, joined Mar 2011, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 711 times:

If they scan and shred, why do they spend so much time counting them and sorting them in different piles? As an example, TAM 95% of the airlines passengers use printed boarding passes ( either issued at airport or thru web check-in procedures). Makes no sense to me that employees would just go to such a trouble to shred them later on..,

User currently onlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8768 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 688 times:

Quoting pierrelav (Reply 4):
Makes no sense to me that employees would just go to such a trouble to shred them later on..,

You can use them to find out whether everyone has boarded, which cabins are full, you can sort them by name if you need to - if you're still somehow responsible for the flight, they can be very helpful. But as soon as it has landed, even the airline does not necessarily have any further use for them.



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User currently offlineMHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 796 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 669 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 3):
What I find annoying is that a BP still has to been shown to an FA when boarding the aircraft.

I agree it´s annoying - and it´s not increasing security since passengers get "screened" when passing through the boarding gate !

But this practice is not done everywhere.
It depends on the local regulations - e.g. the UK CAA requires all boarding passes to be checked upon entering the aircraft but - e.g. - in Germany such is not required (and I wouldn´t consider German security levels to be insufficient ...)

Regarding the original Question:
Most paper boarding passes are left with the passenger (and thus turn into waste after the resp. flight is completed).
And many airlines offer electronic boarding passes (to be used on a smartphone or similar).
Those obviously end up in "electronic nirvana" when the passenger hits the delete button ...

[Edited 2014-06-29 07:28:36]


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User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2840 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 566 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 3):
What I find annoying is that a BP still has to been shown to an FA when boarding the aircraft.

The most ridicoulous procedure I ever had was in Libya. You had to show the BP:
1.) @ security check
2.) Before entering the gate
3.) When leaving the gate / entering the boarding bridge to the aircraft
4.) IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOARDING BRIDGE
5.) At the end of the boarding bridge just before entering the aircraft

IIRC they even had a small table in the middle of the boarding bridge...


User currently onlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8768 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 544 times:

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 7):
The most ridicoulous procedure I ever had was in Libya. You had to show the BP:
1.) @ security check
2.) Before entering the gate
3.) When leaving the gate / entering the boarding bridge to the aircraft
4.) IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOARDING BRIDGE
5.) At the end of the boarding bridge just before entering the aircraft

That's not too different from my flights from FRA to the US...

1st time to the guy in front of the entrance to the immigration area
2nd time on the machine at that entrance
sometimes to the officer who checks my passport
3rd time at the gate
4th time in the jetway, with my passport
5th time at the aircraft door



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User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2858 posts, RR: 48
Reply 9, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 516 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 3):
What I find annoying is that a BP still has to been shown to an FA when boarding the aircraft.

Not where I work.


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