Emirates to introduce paperless boarding passes
Emirates, one of the largest airlines, has just thought of a pretty unique and feasibly practical way to save a load of paper from ending up in the waste. The airline is now offering digital boarding passes, using internet-enabled mobile devices instead of paper. Currently available only to passengers flying out of Dubai, the system allows passengers to log on to the airline website, and receive a mobile boarding pass, either via email or SMS that shows up as a barcode on the display screen of the mobile device. The barcode is then read and works as a boarding pass, instead of using traditional paper boarding passes.
With this, Emirates hopes to save up about 550 kg of paper and more in the first year of the initiative and plans to spread the boarding-pass system across 30 other airports internationally.