Some Continental Airlines passengers flying out of Houston can receive their boarding passes on their cell phones or PDAs as part of a test program announced Tuesday.
Each paperless boarding pass will display a two-dimensional bar code along with passenger and flight information to identify the traveler. Transportation Security Administration officials will use hand-held scanners to validate the passes.
The TSA and Continental, the first U.S. carrier to test paperless boarding passes said the technology increases the ability to detect fraudulent boarding passes and will reduce paper use.
For now, the 90-day program is limited to passengers leaving Houston and flying domestically with no connecting flight, said Continental spokeswoman Mary Clark.
"The plan is to expand it to other cities for all customers," Clark said.