Airlines planning to introduce mobile boarding passes in India

Mobile boarding pass

Despite advancements in the telecommunication arena with the launch of 3G, India is still far behind other countries in terms of mobile enablement of services. We reported a few weeks back that Indian Railways is now allowing paperless tickets on trains (although, some of our readers were fined because they were not carrying a paper ticket). Now its airlines’ turn.

SITA – the company which builds IT solutions for airlines is in talks with India based airlines to provide them with the infrastructure to enable travelers check in online and get their boarding passes delivered to their smartphones.

The system works as follows:

  • The traveler check in online
  • The system sends check in confirmation email to the traveler’s email
  • The traveler clicks on a secure link in the email which opens the boarding pass on the smartphone’s screen
  • The boarding pass can be scanned at special scanners installed at the airports

The system allows swift movement and check ins thereby reducing the load at the airport and helping airlines run on time. This is awesome news for travelers in India!

[via PluggdIn]

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