From IT Week BA to pilot tickets on mobiles
British Airways (BA) could be the first UK airline to allow passengers to check in and board flights using a barcode (2d code) transmitted as a text message to a mobile phone.
They are looking at sending a barcode to a passenger’s mobile phone using SMS, as well as enabling passengers to log into ba.com via a mobile and then have the barcode sent direct from the web site.
BA is not the only airline interested in the potential of mobile ticketing – carriers in Japan, China and Sweden are already running trials of the technology, but a clear business case has yet to be established.
The technology is not quite there yet," said an Iata spokesman. "We need a global standard for barcodes on mobile phones to be developed, as well as standardised scanners and infrastructure at all airports," he said.