Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Smartphone Boarding

Last week, on a trip to Vegas, I had my first opportunity to use a boarding pass sent to and displayed on my Droid 2 Global. Having been underwhelmed by the idea of printing my own boarding pass at home, I expected to be equally disenchanted with this new technological solution.

Wow. I was wrong; electronic boarding passes are awesome!

For one thing, you can't lose an electronic boarding pass (unless you lose your phone, which is reasonably difficult for the average traveler). You can bring it up and see the details at any time.

Then there's the convenience of not having to wave your boarding pass as you go through security screening. Once you've been checked, it goes in the bin, and that's it.

Maybe the best part, though, is that you can check in while on the road, get your boarding pass wirelessly, and head straight to the gate if you don't have a carry-on (which, as my Vegas trip was a single-day affair, I did not). That's really convenient, especially if you're running late (which, as my flight left at 6:00 a.m., I was).

I'm sold on electronic boarding passes. This is the future.

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