[nfb-talk] Paperless Boarding Passes

Tanna S. tshoyo at neb.rr.com
Sun Jan 25 18:18:25 UTC 2009

I flew to Baltimore, MD to visit a friend and I flew on Northwest.  All I 
had for a ticket was a piece of paper that they scanned before I got on the 
plane.  I will be interesting to see what they plan to do with the paperless 

Tanna Shoyo
Lincoln, NE
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From: "Michael Hingson" <info at michaelhingson.com>
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> All,
> No policy has yet been put in place.  Paper boarding passes have not been
> discontinued.  Paperless is still in the EARLY testing phases.  No 
> policies
> are yet an issue.  Now is the time to help the airline industry insure 
> that
> we are not left out.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of dmgina
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> what happens for us then if we are not able to do this.
> How much would the cost of the paper pass be.
> --Dar
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> every sinner has a future
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Wm. Ritchhart" <william.ritchhart at sbcglobal.net>
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> <indiana-l at acb.org>
> Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2009 8:05 AM
> Subject: [nfb-talk] Paperless Boarding Passes
>>I just finished reading an article on coming changes in the airline
>>industry in 2009.  Here is a quote from the article that should concern
>>all of us.
>> "
>> Five Big Changes Coming to Air Travel in 2009 By Jessica Labrencis,
>> SmarterTravel.com Staff "
>> .
>> "
>> Paperless Boarding Passes
>> Paperless boarding passes are the wave of the future, and will become
>> more widespread this year. You'll soon be able to download a boarding
>> pass to your PDA or cell phone, and scan the barcode at an airport
>> security checkpoint scanner, eliminating the need for a physical
>> printout.
>> Continental was the first U.S. airline to test paperless boarding
>> passes in late 2007, and has since expanded its Mobile Boarding Pass
>> option for departures from Austin, Boston, Cleveland, Houston, New
>> York's LaGuardia airport, Newark, San Antonio, and both Reagan and
>> National airports in Washington, D.C.
>> Other carriers, including Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, and
>> Northwest, are also beginning to introduce paperless boarding options
>> for travelers.
>> "
>> The problem with the airlines providing the paperless boarding pass
>> option develops when what starts as an option becomes a requirement.
>> I have been pricing cell phones and the mobile Speaks software lately.
>> My Talks card for my Nokia 6620 died nearly two years ago.  So the
>> phone is useless to me for all it's features other than telephoning.
>> Think about this paperless option.  When it becomes required, as it
>> surely will over time.  You will be charged extra for using a paper
> boarding pass.
>> At the same time you are expected to use your cell phone not just to
>> board a plane, you will be expected to also use it to complete
>> transactions in every other imaginable and yet unimagined area of your
>> life.  The cell phone is already being used like a credit card and/or
>> bank debit card in Japan.  It is just a matter of time before this
>> convenient way of doing things takes hold here in the United States.
>> My next question for us all to contemplate is how many blind folks do
>> you know who have the $300.00 to $600.00 to purchase a cell phone and
>> software to make it translate the text into speech.  The carrier that
>> I work for cuts you a discount on the software.  But none of there
>> phones cost less than $149.00 with a two year contract.  Any sighted
>> person has numerous phones to choose from that are free with a 2-year
>> contract and less than $100.00 with no contract.
>> Clearly one of our top priorities as a group of concerned activist of
>> and for the blind should be to get the Telecom act passed with a
>> provision that all cell phones that are offered for sale by the
>> carriers be useable by whomever buys them, be they sighted, blind or
> disabled.
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