A boarding pass on your smartwatch

Posted on March 3, 2015 by Guest Writer

The new wearable boarding pass is here to make life easier as you glide through airport checkpoints to your flight. Thanks to the work of Samsung and Spanish airline Iberia, boarding a plane now involves a simple flick of the wrist.

Watches are no longer the old-fashioned devices we only check the time with. Although you can of course tell the time with the smartwatch, other functions such as reading texts; listening to music; making phone calls; going online; talking on video phone and even changing the TV channel are now all possible your watch. And if that’s not enough, you can now board a flight with your boarding pass on your wrist. The new, wearable boarding pass is expected to revolutionise customer experience, making it easier and simpler to go through boarding pass checks and get to the gate in time for departure.

“At iberia.com we are constantly incorporating new services and technologies. We believe that this innovative boarding pass will be very well received by our customers,” says Miguel Ángel Henales, director of Digital Business at Iberia.

How it works

  • Download the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo-compatible Iberia app from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store.
  • Install your boarding pass onto your smartwatch by scanning the boarding code on the app. If you already have the Iberia app, you will need to uninstall and reinstall it for the function to work.
  • If you have a mobile boarding pass, you can already send it seamlessly from your smartphone to your smartwatch.

This technology is not the first of its kind. Other airlines are gradually introducing the technology in the firm belief it will make travel more convenient. Spanish low cost airline, Vueling, partnered with Sony to offer the very first smart watch boarding pass. Other airlines to work on their own app have been Air Berlin, which uses Pebble, and Virgin Airlines who have already trialled the boarding passes in Upper Class at Heathrow Airport.

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