Air Canada Launches Web Signal To Assist With Electronic Boarding Of Flights

By Bla1ze on 4 Sep 2009 04:00 pm EDT
Air Canada Launches Web Signal To Assist With Electronic Boarding Of Flights

Inside BlackBerry has a great article posted today regarding a new service from Air Canada which uses the BlackBerry Web Signal feature. The process is rather simple and shows the advancements that some airline companies are making as they move towards a more electronic friendly time. These services of course are not entirely new, but the Air Canada launch of such services for consumers integrates nicely with BlackBerry devices. Plus, you get to see the cool integration of bar codes again happening before your eyes.

Anyone who has ever used Worldmate will be right at home using this web signal service, as it works similar with the exception of the fact you will not need to print off or see an agent to obtain your boarding pass. Your boarding pass will be issued to you right on your BlackBerry and scanned by an in house Air Canada rep right from your device so check in and boarding passes are all taken care of without the use of a PC or kiosk.

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Air Canada Launches Web Signal To Assist With Electronic Boarding Of Flights


Delta Airlines has been doing this (at least out of some airports in the U.S.) for a few months.

I snapped a pic of a UPC bar code and tried to scan the image on the self-checkout kiosk at Home Depot. It didn't work. How is it that these far-out 2d barcodes can be read off of my screen while the everyday 1d version didn't work at the register?

They have a scanner at security that reads your device. The TSA agent then compares the information that comes up on their screen with what's on your DL or passport. Works pretty well IMO. Used it on a Delta flight leaving out of Las Vegas a few weeks ago.

I'm assuming the improvement here is the websignal aspect as I've been using the electronic boarding pass sent by e-mail on Air Canada for almost a year now. It works as advertised except at security where, as Air Canada warns, the security guard will need to see both the actual e-mail and attachment that is the barcode. This is slower than a paper boarding pass so it's not as handy or effective as it's advertised to be. It's also completely pointless if you are checking in with baggage at a self serve kiosk as the kiosk forces you to print a paper boarding pass anyway. Even if this websignal aspect fixes the issue at security, Air canada still has some work to do on the kiosk check in integration. Until they fix that it's just a good idea that hasn't been 100% implemented.

Been using it for a at all Canadian airports AFAIK

I believe this will be on-par with their AppStore product as well.

In a year, when it is fully integrated, it will be nice.

Now...electronic boarding passes work..and work well

I think the Canadian airline is setting the new standard for flight. I know its a hassle for me when AT&T sends me to different places and I have all this paper. I wish the American flight would adopt the same system.

I have been using it on Continental for about a year now. The TSA has upgraded the device they use at the checkpoint and now works so much better.

Still only at select airports.