Starting today, NH is offering a ticketless, boarding pass-less option for getting on a domestic flight.
The service call "Skip" (NH's Skip pageJapanese only) allows passengers to make a reservation from home on their computer, skip check-in at the airport, swipe their IC chip cell-phone or IC embedded ANA Mileage card over a reader to confirm, then swipe again at the gate to board.
The system will cut paper use and man power on domestic carriers.
If one has check-in baggage, they can do it from a e-terminal.
Commercial for service in Japanese
Ito Misaki is talking with her friend and casually goes through security (still on her cell...yeah right) swiping her ANA card along the way. Then she sits on the plane and says "Norechatta" (I boarded) in a surprised voice.
The same commercial was done with a classic actress Mori Hiroko.
This is the future of check-in! No paper no staff what so ever.
[Edited 2006-09-01 03:28:21]