Wireless Check In For Flights

from the getting-even-better dept

Yesterday, for the first time, I used a “self check in” kiosk at an airport. It worked great, and was much better than standing in line to talk to an unfriendly desk person. But, some companies are already working on systems to improve the self-check in process – including one that involves your mobile phone. I’ve actually been following this system for a while and it could be pretty cool. They’re now testing the system on Lufthansa flights in Germany. The article linked here doesn’t do the best job describing the system, but basically when you walk into the airport, you call a certain number on your mobile phone. Using voice verification you prove who you are, and answer the basic questions. Then it tells you what gate you’re at, and sends a WAP-based bar code to your phone. At the gate, there’s a scanner that can read the barcode, and you just hold your phone up to the scanner – and it acts as your boarding pass. In other words, no standing in line except to actually get on the plane.

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