Is Paperless Airline Boarding About To Explode?
The program will allow passengers to receive boarding passes electronically on their cell phones or PDAs, which will then be scanned by TSA security officers at the checkpoint and eliminate the need for a paper boarding pass. Mike Aguilar, TSA Federal Security Director for San Diego, had a few words to say on the topic, and it got us thinking about how the industry as a whole could be changing:
"The deployment of the paperless technology signifies TSA's ongoing commitment to develop and implement new technologies while enhancing security. We are pleased to be able to partner with Continental Airlines to expand this program that will help our officers validate authentic boarding documents."
With more and more smartphones being purchased these days, and airlines looking for every possible way to cut costs/add fees, the mass expansion of paperless boarding seems inevitable. In fact, we'd say the barcode boarding process is the next big thing to explode. Could you imagine airlines giving a small discount for passengers checking in via cellphone?