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WestJet Unveils Paperless Boarding Passes  
User currently offlineThirteenRight From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 340 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5054 times:

Interesting!

Full story: http://calsun.canoe.ca/Business/2007/06/27/4293683-sun.html

"WestJet has become the first airline in North America to implement the use of paperless boarding passes.

Instead of printing of your airline ticket off at home or a kiosk in the airport, your ticket can now be sent to you via e-mail and stored directly in your cellphone, Blackberry or PDA."

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User currently offlinePilotRecruit From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4927 times:

It's wonderful to see more and more airlines starting to do their part in saving the environment. I never really thought about it until I read this post, but the amount of paper that's used to print boarding passes must be astronomical! Kudos to WS on a wonderful idea!

Edit: Spelling

[Edited 2007-06-27 20:53:45]


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User currently offlineANother From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4873 times:

Quoting PilotRecruit (Reply 1):
Kudos to WS on a wonderful idea!

While I agree with you that this is a great idea - they aren't the first. This has been in place in Japan for a couple of years now ...


User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3244 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4813 times:

Finnair does this for their domestic flights and it's actually a pain in the ass as it slows down boarding. Instead of the gate agent picking up your boarding pass and just scanning it, they have to take your phone / FF card / whatever and type in your details. It's not hard to work out which one is faster.

Tony



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User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4777 times:

Southwest had plastic reuseable boarding card for years as well.


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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4724 times:

How does the boarding pass look like on your cellphone/PDA/Blackberry/Sidekick 2 & 3, etc etc?? Any photo shots of it?


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User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3195 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4503 times:

Quoting Davescj (Reply 4):
Southwest had plastic reuseable boarding card for years as well.

They stopped using them a few years ago.

EDIT: Duh, I read "had" as "has". Oh well.

[Edited 2007-06-28 04:41:27]

User currently offlineDeltaFFinDFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4464 times:

I remember before 9-11 that Delta had a check in system using your cell phone. It was great for people who were late from a meeting and couldn't make it to the kiosk before the 30 minute cutoff. I also remember that DL technology was working on a barcode system where you could scan your phone at the gate and it would read the barcode on your browser as your boarding pass.

User currently offlineMEACEDAR From Lebanon, joined Oct 2006, 753 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4457 times:

I think it's a bad idea. What if yout cell phone or BlackBerry, etc. runs out of battery? breaks? etc?

I always like to have a hard copy (paper copy of everything I do).

Is it just me?


User currently offlineYOWza From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined Jul 2005, 4889 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4435 times:

Quoting MEACEDAR (Reply 8):
I think it's a bad idea. What if yout cell phone or BlackBerry, etc. runs out of battery? breaks? etc?

I always like to have a hard copy (paper copy of everything I do).

Is it just me?

There are of course contingencies in place. For instance if you doe a web check in with AC and lose your printed boarding pass there is a counter where you can get a new one. Not a big deal.

YOWza



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9638 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4416 times:

Quoting MEACEDAR (Reply 8):
I think it's a bad idea. What if yout cell phone or BlackBerry, etc. runs out of battery? breaks? etc?

You can go either to the check in counter or the gate and get a new boarding pass that is printed out. All you need to do is show your ID, so it isn't bad at all.



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User currently offlineAcey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1037 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4408 times:

Quoting Davescj (Reply 4):
Southwest had plastic reuseable boarding card for years as well.

This is slightly more modern than pieces of plastic.  Smile



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