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Why No Mobile Boarding Cards On Low Cost?  
User currently offlinedowntown273 From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 302 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3533 times:

Hi all,

Several airlines across Europe (KL, AF, LH, IB, BA?, JK...) allow you to check-in from your iPhone or mobile device (via apps or mobile webs) and have the Boarding Card sent as an email attachment or saved as images; you go to security and boarding gate with your phone and you're good to go. Simple, easy and hassle free (unless your phone runs out of battery...).

I'm surprised to see low fare airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet have not come up with initiatives like this to avoid all the time waste handling paper boarding cards, registering the passenger as "Boarded" with the sequence numbers, etc. Or even a simple app or mobile optimized website for making bookings of flights from the phones on the go.

Any clue about this?

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User currently offlinetoltommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3445 times:

Paper is probably still cheaper than the infrastructure for E-boarding passes. That will change over time, but not yet. Besides, MOL is probably trying to figure out a way to charge for using it.....

User currently offlineUALWN From Andorra, joined Jun 2009, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

Vueling (a Spanish LCC) offers cell-phone boarding passes.


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User currently offlineWoof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3261 times:

Quoting toltommy (Reply 1):
MOL is probably trying to figure out a way to charge for using it.....

Yawn. must every post about an LCC contain a pop at FR's CEO?


User currently offlineplanesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 816 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

Quoting downtown273 (Thread starter):
I'm surprised to see low fare airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet have not come up with initiatives like this to avoid all the time waste handling paper boarding cards, registering the passenger as "Boarded" with the sequence numbers, etc.

Passengers have to be registered as boarded. Otherwise, how do you know who is on the aircraft and that the bags loaded are reconcilled. All the boarding cards I use have a barcode which scans and boards the passenger, admittedley the CUSS cards don't scan but then it is simply entering their sequence number to board them. The mobile phones come with a barcode image which is just scanned like you would a boarding card or a home printed boarding card.

It is the simplest method to board passengers. You don't want to be getting that bingo card out!


User currently offlinedowntown273 From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

Quoting planesailing (Reply 4):
assengers have to be registered as boarded. Otherwise, how do you know who is on the aircraft and that the bags loaded are reconcilled. All the boarding cards I use have a barcode which scans and boards the passenger, admittedley the CUSS cards don't scan but then it is simply entering their sequence number to board them. The mobile phones come with a barcode image which is just scanned like you would a boarding card or a home printed boarding card.

It is the simplest method to board passengers. You don't want to be getting that bingo card out!

In most Ryanair flights they cut off the bottom part of the boarding pass, take all the 189 pieces of paper to the gate computer, and input one by one the sequence numbers, instead of scanning the barcodes. I was suggesting a 'scan as you board' system with phones (as in all those airlines) to speed up the boarding process from the airline's side. Saves the hassle of having a paper to the passenger, and the inefficiency of having to deal with parts of paper at the boarding gate and inputting them all manually.


User currently offlineplanesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 816 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3168 times:

Quoting downtown273 (Reply 5):
In most Ryanair flights they cut off the bottom part of the boarding pass, take all the 189 pieces of paper to the gate computer, and input one by one the sequence numbers, instead of scanning the barcodes. I was suggesting a 'scan as you board' system with phones (as in all those airlines) to speed up the boarding process from the airline's side. Saves the hassle of having a paper to the passenger, and the inefficiency of having to deal with parts of paper at the boarding gate and inputting them all manually.

The only reason I can think for them not using the barcodes is that they may not be compatible with the airports equipment. Whilst the barcodes printed by our check-in system work on the gate readers at LGW, the CUSS ones do not. Therefore, any of these that come for boarding, have to be boarded manually by entering the sequence number.


User currently offlinerobffm2 From Germany, joined Dec 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

Quoting planesailing (Reply 4):
CUSS cards

What is CUSS?


User currently offlineplanesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 816 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

Quoting robffm2 (Reply 7):
What is CUSS?

Common Use Self Service - it is the electronic kiosks you see for check in. They use a simple platform for check in and are supplied by the airport.


User currently offlinehiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2172 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2781 times:

fyi UA extending the mobile pass to NRSA end of the month....

User currently offlinetoltommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

Quoting Woof (Reply 3):
Yawn. must every post about an LCC contain a pop at FR's CEO?

I'm pretty sure there's a rule that says we must.  
Quoting hiflyer (Reply 9):
fyi UA extending the mobile pass to NRSA end of the month....

That would be nice. We used to be able to use it for cobiz travel at NW, but the technology apparently doesn't support it on the DL side. Must check in at the airport, either kiosk or agent. Can't even check in from home and print.


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