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Old 03-26-2009, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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According to this article, the electronic boarding pass is convenient if you don't have a printer handy.

I wonder how many places you can use it in North America.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not many airports, and mainly just Continental Airlines.
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For complete info, see the tsa website.

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Old 03-26-2009, 10:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Air Canada, within Canada at most Canadian airports.
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IMHO, this concept is simply not ready for prime time. Stick with paper boarding passes. They can print out right at the airport kiosk where you get your ticket. I've seen guys trying to show their mobile phone screen to a ticket agent at the boarding gate with no success. They get looked at like morons and send packing, only to watch their flight leave without them. Pretty funny really. "...but....but.....but....my boarding pass is electronic......no paper......!" Nobody cares.
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NWA has added it for some non-stop and hub-to-hub flights. I was tempted to use it, but have not seen it in action yet. Concerned about missing a flight because the technology is hosed -- sounds like something that could happen with the airlines!
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NWA has added it for some non-stop and hub-to-hub flights. I was tempted to use it, but have not seen it in action yet. Concerned about missing a flight because the technology is hosed -- sounds like something that could happen with the airlines!
Absolutely correct. I've seen it in cases where the airline had it in place, the passenger did everything correctly, but the gate monkey didn't have a clue. No training, maybe just a moron. Either way, the plane left with an irate passenger standing outside the jetway, gesturing wildly with his arms at the plane and then at his mobile. Sucks to be him!
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Wow rambo47. Thanks for the heads up !

What a pain that would be.
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That ought to be worth a few upgrades in the future.

I've used it a lot on Air Canada and never had a problem.
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Used it on Continental at IAH, their hub of hubs. Staff was aware and trained. I needed to enlarge the bar code image on my 8900 to get it to work right -- so you better know how to do that.

Having heard the "left at the gate" stories here, I'd be more inclined to get a paper boarding pass if at all possible.
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I imagine that the problem would be worse with airlines in turmoil -- recent mergers, just coming out of bankruptcy, etc.
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Didn't have much luck with it when I tried with my 8310. It just wouldn't scan (maybe it needed to be enlarged per phrider).

As for the possibility of being left -- can gate agents seriously not print a boarding pass these days? It's not like your reservation suddenly doesn't exist when you're using the electronic boarding pass. Actually, that's precisely what they did in my case since they couldn't scan the bar code on my BB.

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Before going to the scanner, I learned that I should try to expand the 2D bar code as much as possible on the screen (without dropping any of the edges).
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Never had my scanned. On the side of the barcode is flight#/seat#. They just take that info and check my ID. I can see the potential for bad scanning because of the reflective glass.

OTOH, Montreal has a special line to get into security for electronic boarding passes. Much faster.
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:56 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I've tried electronic boarding twice. One gate agent asked to see the paper form...I was...almost denied boarding.
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