You may soon be able to use your mobile phone to display an electronic boarding pass to get on your plane. The technology uses a two-dimensional encrypted bar code, which is much tougher to copy than the one-dimensional bar code used by many airlines for boarding passes printed online. You will still need photo ID when you pass through security, however.
The global airline business was been left in a quandry after the numerous, infamous, terrorist actions over the past several years. How to increase security, maintain public confidence and yet keep the queues down to a minimum. Tests have been undertaken at Continental Airlines, in the USA that, if proved successful, may be an option at an airport near you.
Commentators have stated that airlines are looking to move more into mobile messaging to communicate with passengers about on-board services, rebooking options, baggage pickup and ticket purchases.