Hoping to ease delays at the airport, British Airways has become the first U.K. airline to introduce mobile check-in facilities via WAP phones.
Featuring seat selection via a graphical seat map (a world first), flight availability and status, a passenger can then pick up a boarding pass at a self-service kiosk, drop their luggage off and be off through security to the gate.
The airline says that this also applies to flights leaving the country. These facilities should be available to all BA frequent flyers within six months. BA is also working with IBM in a contract worth £12.5 billion ($18.75 million) to develop a system for flight booking via WAP phones.
If you don’t have a WAP enabled phone, don’t worry; BA staff are being issued with hand-held PDAs to check-in passengers if queues at the desk become too long.