It is the final call for airline tickets as the industry prepares to go paperless. From Sunday, 240 airlines around the world will switch to issuing electronic tickets to passengers. The International Air Transport Association says it will make air travel easier for everyone – passengers and carriers.
Some companies are going a step further with electronic boarding passes to reduce checking-in times. Passengers at New York’s airport seem to like the idea.
“It’s very convenient. You get it at home you can get right to the airport. I think it speeds the process up,” said one traveller.
Air industry security officials say electronic tickets and boarding passes improve security.
“This is another great security layer for us at the airport because it’s helping to make sure people aren’t coming through with fraudulent boarding passes,” said a senior official.
IATA represents 94 percent of international airlines and many had already introduced paperless ticketing. It has saved them money but at a time of rising fuel costs passengers are unlikely to see the savings passed on to them.