Moves to make air travel more eco-friendly by allowing passengers to check in using their mobile phone have come a step closer.
The world’s major airlines have now agreed on an international standard which they say will help the industry phase out paper tickets by 2010.
Mobile phone check-in allows airlines to send two-dimensional bar codes directly to a passenger’s mobile phone, personal digital assistant or smart phone.
Passengers register their mobile number with their airline at the time of booking to receive a text message with the bar code, or instructions on how to download it.
The bar code becomes the passenger’s boarding pass and is read directly from the screen of the mobile device, eliminating paper from the check-in process.
Giovanni Bisignani, International Air Transport Association Director General and Chief Executive said: ‘Passengers want the convenience of self-service options in a paperless environment.
‘This standard is an important step in getting rid of paper that bogs down processes and drives up costs. In the next months we will be working with our members to develop standardised processes and guidelines that facilitate global implementation.’