Stansted Airport’s new boarding pass system to go live from 22 April

18 April 2013 (Last Updated April 18th, 2013 18:30)

London Stansted Airport will commission its new Smart Access scanners from 22 April 2013, which will allow departing passengers to self check their boarding passes.

London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport will commission its new Smart Access scanners from 22 April 2013, which will allow departing passengers to self check their boarding passes.

Being deployed as part of the airport's move to enhance the passenger experience, the new scanning system will replace the current manual boarding pass checks for passengers flying from the airport.

The new system operates similar to the Oyster card system currently in use at London Underground stations, scanning boarding passes and authenticating whether the passengers are travelling on the right flight and date.

Stansted Airport terminal manager Neil Banks said that the introduction of the new Smart Access system will make it quicker and simpler for passengers to reach the departure lounge.

"The introduction of the new Smart Access system will make it quicker and simpler for passengers to reach the departure lounge."

"The innovation is the first part of some really exciting changes planned across the airport, part of which involves developing a fantastic new and improved departure lounge for our passengers to enjoy," Banks said.

The £1.2m Smart Access boarding pass system has been designed and produced by MacDonald Humfrey.

Wheelchair users and passengers with reduced mobility will be directed through a dedicated entrance, while child buggies will be allowed to pass through the wider gates deployed at the airport's each entry point.

The airport has engaged its staff to help out passengers in moving through the new scanning process.

Stansted Airport has recently been acquired by Manchester Airports (MAG) for £1.5bn, following the UK Competition Commission's ruling in July 2011 to sell the airport to support competition among airports in London.


Image: The new Smart Access scanning system will replace the current manual boarding pass checks for passengers flying from Stansted Airport.