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Technology is changing everything. Remember when our tickets were printed and mailed to us? Today virtually all flights are ticketed electronically, and boarding passes are increasingly digital.
A mobile boarding pass is a digital document that allows you to pass security and get on the plane. It’s usually accessed from a mobile phone but can also be displayed on a tablet or laptop. It replaces the old-fashioned paper boarding pass. Both documents have a digital code for scanning: a bar code on paper and a QR code on digital. Mobile boarding passes are also provided by the airline you've chosen to fly with. Often, you can access them via the airline's mobile app - which you'll have to download. Some airlines will email a mobile boarding pass if requested, but you'll often find you need the app. Which, in the end, isn't a bad idea to download. You'll be able to keep an eye on your flights, check in, choose seats, purchase meals, and view your boarding pass all in one place.
Mobile boarding passes are incredibly time-saving and very convenient.
It’s great insurance against technical issues.
If you have access to a printer, print at home. Otherwise, get your paper boarding pass at the airport.
Keep an eye on your inbox for an email from your airline to check-in. Often, you'll be alerted by airlines that "it's time to check in!" Sometimes you’ll see “no online check-in, please check-in at the airport."
Check all flight times: They may have changed since you booked reservations. Monitor flight status on your day of travel.
If you encounter any problems, don’t delay: Scoot to a counter and get help.
Getting a printed boarding pass at the counter or kiosk is generally free, although some low-cost airlines such as Spirit and Air Asia charge a fee for using counter service.
If you end up running late at the airport, having checked in already can make a huge difference in whether they allow you on the plane.
Our advice: Always check in online for a mobile boarding pass AND play it safe and print a copy.
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