Cellphone replaces boarding pass in Houston test

USA Today is reporting that passengers will be able to board flights using just a usat_logo2 cellphone or personal digital assistant instead of a boarding pass in a three-month pilot program launched Tuesday at Houston’s Intercontinental Airport.

If the test is successful, the program could expand nationwide.

Continental Airlines and the Transportation Security Adminstration will let passengers board planes starting Tuesday without a paper boarding pass. Instead, passengers will show a code the airline has sent to their cellphone or PDA.

The two-dimensional bar code stores the passenger’s name and flight information. A TSA screener will confirm the bar code’s authenticity by scanning it with a special handheld device.

Read the entire story at USA Today

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