As the mobile space continues to pervade every aspect of our lives, we’re going to inevitably see more integration of mobile phones with everyday services. The latest such mobile-integration comes from Delta Air Lines.
Delta has announced that domestic air-travelers flying departing from New York’s LaGuardia airport may choose to use their cellphones in place of traditional paper boarding-passes. Passengers can download the digital boarding-pass to their mobile phone directly from Delta’s website. These cellphone boarding passes allow travelers to by-pass the ticket counter and proceed directly to the gate, where Delta employees can scan the cellphone-turned-boarding-pass and check passenger identification.
“Passengers can now quickly check in for their flight while en route to the airport or in a taxi or walking from the parking lot to the terminal,” said Steve Gorman, Delta’s EVP of operations. “The check-in process now can take place from anywhere, any time within 24 hours of departure.”
Continental Airlines launched their own digital boarding-pass program at four US airports earlier this year, as did Northwest, and with Delta on board to allow passengers to use their cellphones as boarding-passes it’s clear that the mobile revolution is gaining steam with the airline industry. And, we’re sure cash-strapped airlines are happy to cut costs by reducing their paper usage.