Airplane Self-Boarding Arrives in U.S.
Continental Airlines has installed turnstile-like self-boarding devices at one gate, USA Today reports.
Rather than handing your boarding pass to a gate agent for scanning, you scan your own boarding pass to open the turnstile's arm and get on the plane – just like you would at a subway station.
Passengers also still have the option of having their pass scanned by a gate agent.
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesman tells the newspaper the process does not impact security, noting passengers are screened at security checkpoints before arriving at boarding gates.
Aviation analyst Michael Boyd is cynical about the idea arriving in the U.S., however. "Any reduction in human contact between employee and customer is good these days," he tells USA Today.
"As long as you have someone to tell grandma where to stick the paper," he says, "you're fine."
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