Airport Check-in by mobile phoneUsing your mobile phone to check-in at the airport could soon become a familiar part of the airport experience. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced a global standard for mobile phone check-in that uses 2D (two dimensional) barcodes.
Airlines will send the barcodes directly to mobile phones, PDAs or smart phones, and these will be read from the mobile device at the airport. IATA, which represents over 240 airlines, wants to implement barcoded boarding passes (BCBP) across the board by the end of 2010. It estimates that BCBP will save the airline industry over $500 million each year.
A 2D standard for paper BCBP was introduced in 2005, but the new standard will help the airline industry towards its goal of paperless ticketing.
"Passengers want the convenience of self-service options in a paperless environment. This standard is an important step in getting rid of paper that bogs down processes and drives up costs," explains IATA's director general and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani.
Written by: Nick Purdom
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