What is an electronic boarding pass?

Oh the joy of flying! First you have to book the flights, then check and re-check your travel dates, arrive at the airport, go through security and then wait around for your flight to board. Flying can be stressful at times, especially for those that are in a hurry or those who do not fly very often. Times are changing too, especially in terms of technology and the procedure of flying is changing. Paper boarding passes are quickly becoming a thing of the past while electronic boarding passes are taking over. Let's take a look at what exactly an electronic boarding pass is.

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How exactly though do the electronic boarding passes work? Also known as paperless, mobile or e-boarding passes, these electronic passes save airline staff and passengers time at the airport. Rather than having to go somewhere to print off your ticket or wait in line at the airport, you can now simply show and scan your electronic boarding pass on your smart phone and be on your merry way.

The breakdown of how this works will vary slightly from airline to airline, but here is the general process that you will have to go through:

  • 1. A passenger will either download the airlines app or check in online via the airline's website.
  • 2. The Airline will then give you the choice of either sending the boarding pass to your mobile device via SMS or e-mail.
  • 3. They will send you on a link to the boarding pass that will have a square barcode, your name and appropriate flight details.
  • 4. You can either take a screenshot of this to save to your phone or use an app of your choice on your smartphone to store your boarding pass.
  • 5. Show it at the security checkpoint and have your Passport readily available alongside your phone.

Make sure that you have enough battery in your phone before heading to the airport. There is nothing worse than having your electronic boarding pass prepared only to have your phone die on you. By going the electronic route you are saving time and paper. Also, be aware that these boarding passes are not currently used for long-haul international flights on all airlines.

For those that are still not convinced this is the way to go though then feel free to print away. But be aware that someday soon printing might not be an option anymore. For more information check out your airlines website and read up on their rules and regulations. Enjoy your flight and hopefully your new electronic boarding pass will make your experience a little less stressful!

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