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User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3068 times:

I was just thinking about the numbered plastic boarding cards the WN used before the A/B/C boarding passes. Does anybody know what happened to them? Were they thrown out? Mementos for employees? In storage somewhere? Buried in the desert? There must have been thousands (tens of thousands?) of those cards out there. Where did they all go?


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User currently offlineN200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 784 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2948 times:

In SAT we still have all of the old plastic boarding cards stored at the gates. We use them several times a month to handle thru pax that are involved with A/C swaps or other irregular operations. They come in real handy sometimes.

User currently onlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4783 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2936 times:
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Yeah I remember seeing a bunch of them stored in the training room at SJC.


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User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2924 times:

From what I know, SWA saved them for use - as N200WN pointed out. I fondly recall those were great!

Did all California stations have cards shaped like the Golden state?


User currently offlineN200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 784 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2896 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 2):
Yeah I remember seeing a bunch of them stored in the training room at SJC.

SJC had an oversupply of plastic boarding cards even when they were in regular use. Funny that they're still there in the training room after all of these years. I'm sure if someone really wanted a few they wouldn't be missed. There were a few sets of the California shaped cards but most were the regular variety.


User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1941 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2847 times:

I used plastic boarding cards today. A thru flight had an aircraft swap, and to identify which pax would be those thru passengers, we gave them the yellow plastic boarding cards. They can't board a flight with nothing... that wouldn't fly with the security people. So to give them something, we use the plastic boarding cards.

The cards are kept behind or near the gate podium. It's usually kept with all of the supplies like paper, fuel slips, etc.



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

Thats funny, I remember the first time I flew Southwest Airlines, and I got to use a boarding card. I was really excited. i remember I was number 19, and my card was green. Very exciting I even had a picture taken haha.
Alex



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User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

Hey Atrude777, is it possible for you to post a picture of the plastic boarding card? I'm very curious about this, I had no idea about their existence!

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Alonso



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4995 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2702 times:

The thing I didn't like about those boarding cards was their size. They were rather large. You couldn't possibly fit one into a pocket. You just had to hold it. I think this was so all the agents could look out into the gate area and see who had and who didn't have boarding cards. Now if you had a backpack, you could stick it in there.....


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User currently offlineSwadispatcher From United States of America, joined May 2004, 427 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

I was lucky enough to get one (orange #15) framed along with a new paper boarding pass as a "thank you" from the Ground Ops folks for working on the Automated Boarding Pass project back in 2001. I have it hanging up in my office at home with all my other airline memorabilia.

All the stations are supposed to keep several complete sets in case the computer systems go down, AC swaps with thrus, etc.



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