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May 28, 2014

Southwest launches mobile boarding passes nationwide

140523MobileBoarding2Southwest Airlines announced on Tuesday that it has rolled out technology to allow all of its passengers use mobile boarding passes.

With mobile boarding passes, customers can use smartphones or other electronic devices to go through security checkpoints and for boarding without having a paper copy of their boarding pass.

"Mobile boarding passes are a great tool to help our Customers quickly get through the airport and on their flights," said Southwest chief marketig officer Kevin Krone.

The Dallas-based carrier had tested the program first in Austin and then in Houston and Dallas last fall.

Southwest also recently updated their iOS and Android apps, adding more information about trips and flight status.

-Andrea Ahles


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So how do you use a cell phone to get through security when the phone is required to go through the x-ray?

Raul Sanchez

At the podium where the TSA agent would normally check you paper ticket you would instead briefly hand them your cellphone with the boarding pass barcode pulled up. The TSA's systems tie in with airline reservaion systems and it verifies the authenticity of the boarding pass.

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