Airline to try paperless boarding


British airline bmi is to trial a paperless boarding system on flights between Belfast City Airport and London Heathrow.

The airline said customers would receive an electronic boarding pass on their mobile phone after checking in online.

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The new mobile check-in service will initially be launched on services from London Heathrow to Edinburgh and Manchester (one way) and from Belfast City to London Heathrow (return), with plans to roll the system out to more destinations on the airline’s network soon after.

The carrier also operates eight services between Dublin and Heathrow daily.

Under the paperless system, a two-dimensional barcode boarding pass will be sent to mobile phones with picture messaging (MMS) capabilities.

Peter Spencer, managing director of bmi said the system will offer customers the opportunity to bypass check-in processes at the airport. “Customers who check in online can have a boarding pass delivered straight to their mobile phone allowing them to proceed straight to security or to bmi’s quick bag drop stations if they have luggage to check-in”, he said.