Passengers will be able to download their boarding pass on their cell phones, Minister of Transport Derrick Burgess said this afternoon [Feb.16].
British Airways will be the first to use the technology in Bermuda. Each paperless boarding pass is displayed as a two-dimensional bar code along with passenger and flight information. Passengers without checked baggage will be able to bypass the check-in queues and proceed directly to the lounge.
Minister Burgess said, “It used to be that when travelling abroad we had to go to a travel agent and would receive tickets and other documents well in advance of travelling.
“We then moved to online booking and e-tickets. It is now possible to check in online and print your own boarding pass at home. Well, today I am happy to announce that we have moved even further into the digital age with the advent of the paperless boarding pass, also known as the mobile boarding pass.
“The Mobile boarding pass enables passengers to download their boarding pass on their cell phones. While this technology was incorporated into our systems during an upgrade several years ago, and is also available at other airports around the world, none of the airlines serving Bermuda have decided to use the function here – at least until now.
“British Airways will be the first to use the technology in Bermuda. And I’m very pleased to be joined by BA’s Bermuda manager Marianne Wilcox today to launch this initiative. This innovative approach streamlines the customer experience while heightening the ability to detect fraudulent boarding passes.
“Each paperless boarding pass is displayed as an encrypted, two-dimensional bar code along with passenger and flight information.
“The Bermuda security officers use scanners to validate the authenticity of the boarding pass at the checkpoint. Presently only British Airways will use this system here in Bermuda. It enables their passengers, who have no checked baggage, to bypass the check-in queues and proceed directly to the lounge.
“This is yet another way of improving the airport experience for our travelers. It also helps our sustainable development efforts just a little more by eliminating yet more paper from our lives. So on behalf of the Government and travelling public, thank to British Airways for making travel a little less stressful,” said Minister Burgess.