2D barcodes for mobile phone check-in

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced a global standard that paves the way for global mobile phone check-in using two-dimensional(2D) bar codes. Mobile phone check-in enables airlines to send 2D bar codes directly to a passenger’s mobile phone, personal digital assistant or smart phone. Passengers simply register their mobile number with their airline […]


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced a global standard that paves the way for global mobile phone check-in using two-dimensional(2D) bar codes.

Mobile phone check-in enables airlines to send 2D bar codes directly to a passenger’s mobile phone, personal digital assistant or smart phone. Passengers simply register their mobile number with their airline at the time of booking to receive a text message with a 2D bar code, or instructions to download it. The bar code becomes the boarding pass. It is read directly from the screen of the mobile device, completely eliminating paper from the check-in process.

“Passengers want the convenience of self-service options in a paperless environment. This standard is an important step in getting rid of paper that bogs down processes and drives up costs,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and chief executive.

The industry has set a deadline at the end of 2010 to implement 100 per cent bar coded boarding passes (BCBP). Upon full implementation, BCBP will save the industry over US$500 million annually.