Catch That Plane Faster with your Smartphone!

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If you’re flying US Airways and have a smartphone, your airport experience just got a whole lot easier — and faster!

Customers will get an email with a “digitally signed and encrypted 2D bar code” that can be used at various locations in your “airport experience”. The barcode will work with US Airways kiosks and can help you bypass check-in lines so you can head straight to the security checkpoint where the barcode is scanned (and validated). Once you get to the gate, the barcode can be used for boarding as well.

Barcode-based check-ins are nothing new to air travelers. Where this solution differs from that of traditional paper-based barcodes is in the paper — you don’t need it. Smartphone screens have improved to the point that most scanners can now read barcodes displayed on their screens.

US Airways has been piloting their NCR Mobile Pass solution at in Las Vegas Charlotte, N.C. since December 2010 and it’s currently available in 14 U.S. airports.

What’s more, since this is email-based it doesn’t require an app to be installed and set up to function, making it cross-platform out of the box.

“Consumers increasingly expect more control at their fingertips,” said Tyler Craig, vice president and general manager, NCR Travel. “By expanding its self-service offering beyond kiosk and web to include NCR Mobile Pass, US Airways is furthering its commitment to providing a seamless and convenient passenger experience.”

Source: Market Watch

Image: Flight Story blog

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.