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Delta Air Lines tests mobile-phone check-in, no in-flight calls yet

Posted July 1, 2008 by BookingBuddy

Cellphoneweb ‘Please have your mobile phones switched on before boarding the plane …’

Once upon a time, not too long ago in fact, it seemed like mobile phones were the bane of airlines. Stern announcements reminded passengers over and over to switch the damned things off before boarding, and not to switch them on again till they were off the plane and inside the terminal.

These days, however, it seems like you’re not even allowed to board a plane unless you have a mobile phone. Hot on the heels of news that airlines such as Ryanair are allowing mobiles to be used while planes are in flight, comes a report that Delta Air Lines is trying out a new system that allows check-ins by mobile up to 24 hours in advance.

When it comes time to check in, a passenger simply needs to log in to mobile.delta.com and have their phone download an electronic barcode, which will then be scanned before boarding. British Airways is also said to be considering using a similar system sometime soon.

This is all well and good, but it brings up a question of logistics. How do I carry my boarding pass through the X-ray machine for people if it's on my mobile phone, which has to be sent on the X-ray machine for carry-on items?

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