Virgin unveils home boarding option

Virgin Atlantic has today launched the facility for passengers to print off boarding passes from home.  Passengers boarding passes can be printed off from home in selected destinations where online check in is available The system is designed to be easy to use and has step by step instructions on how to print off the boarding pass.

Virgin Atlantic already allows passengers to check in for their flights online 24 hours before departure but printing off their boarding passes from home makes it a simple option for all passengers.  On arrival at the airport, passengers can hand over their luggage at the ‘Bag Drop’ desk and go straight through to the boarding gate.

This new service will also enable passengers carrying hand baggage only to go straight to security, avoiding check-in or Kiosk Check In.

The boarding pass should be printed on plain paper which will have a unique barcode containing all the relevant flight details. 

Virgin Atlantic first launched online check in via the Virgin Atlantic website in July 2004 and Kiosk Check In for passengers with the introduction of self service kiosks at airports in November 2004.


Steve Ridgway, CEO of Virgin Atlantic said:

“We are excited to be able to offer this convenient facility to our passengers which means that from the comfort of their own home, they can simply log on, check in and print off the boarding pass ensuring themselves a seamless journey through the airport.”

“We believe that on line check in will increase popularity with the introduction of home printed boarding passes for passengers.  Currently up to 27% of our passengers check in on line and we predict this will grow to around 40% by the end of the year.”