GulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 647 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2691 times:
It's unfortunate but true. NW has "bombarded" our cities with our SSDs (Self Service Device) and are really pressuring the CSA's to "force" passengers to use them. There will always be those folks who prefer to use the machines to "get it and go" (business travelers who travel ALL the time for example) and then there are those who have trouble with the whole self check in procedure. I have quite a few passengers who simply refuse to use them and only want to speak to someone personally face to face.
What pisses me off the most is how airlines say that the most important aspect of our job is "customer service" and yet they send them away not even talking to an agent of any kind.
I understand that they are trying to help the checkin procedure to speed it up, but I think it brings cutomer service way down.
Anyway they will need some of us around to change the roll of boarding pass paper when its out!.. that is until they start using "retinal scan" for boarding passes..!
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3164 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2633 times:
Yes they are using this for international travel.
A quote from easyJet's website...
"easyJet made history once again on Wednesday evening when every single passenger on an easyJet flight, including those with hold baggage, used the self-check-in kiosks rather than the traditional check-in process.
All 108 passengers checked-in for easyJet flight 6503 to Prague using the new easyJet kiosks at Nottingham East Midlands Airport. This included a total of 112 items of hold baggage that were issued with standard airline-industry bag tags. The flight departed on schedule at 18.50.
Department for Transport-approved trials of the new self-check-in kiosks began on the morning of Wednesday 26 May at Nottingham East Midlands with easyJet staff guiding passengers through the simple process. The trial will continue over the coming weeks and months before rolling-out the programme to other airports on the easyJet network. "
BR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2553 times:
WOW!!! This seems cool. I think this system will work. I either check in online, or I use AirTran's ByePass Self-Service. It would be nice if they issued bag tags to your destination, you attached them, and handed your checked bags to the CSA at the gate.
Aa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2503 times:
Will they replace a lot of ticket agents? Yes. Will they replace all of them? No way. What happens when John Q. Traveler forgets the credit card he booked it with? For a lot of things, computers can do it faster and more efficient. For some things though, you need a human mind to do the work.
Snnams From Ireland, joined Apr 2004, 288 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2487 times:
I dont think we will see a total replacement, but it will reach a stage where perhaps 80% of pax will use these machines. I must say I prefer them. I've used BA's, KLM's and EI's self service units. You chose your own seat, it's a hell of a lot faster and anything that cuts the queues has to be a good thing.
KL911 From Netherlands, joined Jul 2003, 5500 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2464 times:
Why would you have to show your creditcard? I've booked many flights on FR, Easyjet, Basiqair and Hapag Lloyd Express using someone elses creditcard. Basiqair I checked in online and go to my seat directly, all the others I just show my passport. I think it's way faster, and don't say there are people who can't understand the kiosks, they're easier to operate then a coffee machine.
To many persons still think flying is special, but it's just like taking an international bus or train. I hope soon there will be only machines left, they don't get paid, which makes flying cheaper for all of us.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2452 times:
I always choose the self check-in desks and of course I am also a big fan of these self-boarding gates (where available).
A big advantage on the self check-in desks is that you see a seat map of your flight before you can choose your seat (at least at LH's self check-in deks). I checked in by self check-in desk for approximately 50 times, on at least half of these flight, I had a blocked middle seat in my seating row because I chose the seat by myself, the secret: check in late and choose an aisle seat in the rear with an already occupied window seat, in most cases you will experience that the middle seat remains empty, it depends on the number of booked passengers of course.
Another advantage (at least for me) is that you don't have to deal with a real person, especially in the early morning I avoid any kind of conversation because I am always bad-tempered at this time of the day.
Venezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1451 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
I was just thinkin about this but oppositlly. I flew last Sunday to DFW from COS and I quote the AA agent "These Easy Check-in machine are more of a hassle than easy". And the reason he said that was most of the people "trying" to use the machines were having problems and an agent had to come over and help them. I personally love them, I never have problems with them. I just thought it was funny taht a gate agent would say that.
Ha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3735 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2360 times:
You do not need the credit card used to purchase the ticket. The kiosk will ask for any credit card to match the name to the name in the reservation. You also have the option to enter a FFP number if the airline has a FFP.
DLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1983 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2339 times:
Here in the states, some kiosks even use the "credit-card-like bar" on the back of Drivers Licenses. Not all states have them but many do. I've used my Florida's Drivers License many times at Delta's kiosks. Either that or my Delta Skymiles Card! It seems like just about EVERY airline at MCO now has kiosks.
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2235 times:
I checked in with NW at RSW yesterday and there were two agents and I believe 6 check-in kiosks. The agents were in front of the counter instructing people to use the kiosks with lessons from them. I had a quirk in my res so the kiosk screen instructed me to see an agent for"special handling". I did and that was that pretty quick. I always use the kiosk when one is provided.
ALSO..at the gate, there is a carrier(forgot which one) is testing auto-boarding at the gate. You, not the agent, place your boarding pass into the little reader the carriers now have and then you board.
Agents WILL be needed, but not as many as a few years ago. A couple of weeks back, I thought I read NW laid off or will lay off a couple of hundred agents with most at DTW. Someone correct me on that if I am wrong.
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.