Easyjet is trialling mobile boarding passes at six airports.
The new technology will allow passengers to check-in in less than ten seconds, it is claimed.
It will also be possible to download and store boarding passes on iPhone and Android phones.
Flights departing from London Stansted, London Southend, Manchester, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Nice will be included in the Easyjet trial.
The development is the latest in a run of Easyjet initiatives including the roll-out of allocated seating last November (see online news, September 2012) and its Missed Flight Cover insurance plan (see online news, July 2012).
Peter Duffy, the carrier’s marketing director, said: “Building on the success of the Easyjet app, which is the fastest airline app on the market, mobile boarding passes is the next important step in our aim to make travel easy and affordable.
“Following a successful trial, we will be working with each of the airports in order to rollout the function across the network.
“The trial will also be extended to include multiple boarding passes on the same device so that families can all check in using one or a number of mobiles, depending on their preference.”
Mobile boarding passes offer passengers peace of mind by displaying their status as ‘checked in’ or ‘not checked in’.
Once boarding passes have been downloaded they are stored offline so no network coverage or wi-fi is required and no roaming charges will be incurred.
The Easyjet app also has Apple’s Passbook functionality so that customers can store boarding passes for upcoming trips in one place.
It can also recognise if a passenger has checked in on a computer through easyjet.com and allows them to download the boarding pass without needing to check in again. Boarding passes can be downloaded from between 30 days and two hours before the flight departs.
For more information, visit easyjet.com.
Report by Graham Smith