Prague Unveils Mobile Phone Check-In Service

30 June 2009 (Last Updated June 30th, 2009 18:30)

Prague International Airport in the Czech Republic has launched a service that enables air passengers to check in with their mobile phones or PDA devices. Passengers travelling to Amsterdam will be able to board the flight with a boarding pass on a phone display and need only carry ID c

Prague International Airport in the Czech Republic has launched a service that enables air passengers to check in with their mobile phones or PDA devices.

Passengers travelling to Amsterdam will be able to board the flight with a boarding pass on a phone display and need only carry ID cards

Passengers can access the service from their mobile simply by logging onto mobile.airfrance.com or klm.com to check in.

After filling in the required data, passengers will receive an electronic boarding pass and security barcode directly to their mobile phone as an SMS, MMS or email message.

Prague Airport general manager and chairman of the board of directors Miroslav Dvorák said that the mobile check-in project was a logical follow up to other similar air transport innovations, such as internet check-in or use of self-service kiosks.

The new service was initially tested on the Paris-to-Amsterdam route for a few months.

The electronic boarding pass will contain the information displayed on a conventional boarding pass including boarding time, gate number, departure time, class and seat number.

Passengers can still print a boarding pass at a self-service kiosk or ask an airline representative to print the pass if a mobile phone fails while boarding the flight.

The barcode check-in system should be implemented by the end of 2010.