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Airport Queue-Jumping using cell ‘phones by 2005 2004-11-16

Posted by clype in Europe, Gizmo.
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Passengers wanting to skip airport queues will be able to check in for flights using their mobile phone beginning next year, two European firms set to offer the service announced on 2004-11-16.

German manufacturer Siemens and air transport-related information technology firm SITA Inc have teamed to develop the service, which uses GPRS, or general packet radio service, a speedy system for sending information to mobile cell telephones.

Passengers can check in, change seats, check times and receive details for dropping off baggage using their phones.

The system is expected to help alleviate airport congestion, the firms said in a statement.

‘Controlling costs and increasing choice for passengers are two of the key demands made of the air transportation industry today and SITA Mobile Check-in addresses each of them’, Mr.Francesco Violante, managing director at the Geneva-based firm said in the statement.

The first carrier lined up to offer the service is Brazilian airline TAM, but a SITA spokesman said the firm was in talks with others.

The service is set for testing before being made available in 2005.

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