The Government of Australia has implemented a mobile check-in facility for international flights to remove physical check-ins and cut passengers’ wait time.
Airlines will now be able to issue electronic boarding passes for international flights. Passengers can show their boarding pass on a mobile device instead of using a paper boarding pass while following the normal border clearance process at the airport.
Australia Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said that the move towards automation at the border was a key focus for the government.
“Last financial year, more than 21.4 million travellers were cleared through the border departing Australian international airports. This number will continue to rise.”
“These increasing volumes mean we are always looking for ways to clear legitimate travellers efficiently and seek out those of interest to law enforcement. This change will cut out the need to visit the check-in desk to show your passport and collect your paper boarding pass.”
The latest move is set to allow travellers to move across Australia’s border more smoothly.
Mobile boarding passes will support other facilities, such as SmartGates, that offer a faster, simpler border process for travellers while maintaining the security of the border.
On average, SmartGates handle more than 73% of travellers departing Australia, thereby reducing processing time and promoting ease-of-travel.
The recent announcement follows several successful trials conducted by the Australian Department of Home Affairs, allowing passengers to use mobile boarding passes for international flights.
Passengers have been advised to contact their selected airline on the change and implementation to receive more information.