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British Airways unveils scanners for Apple Watch boarding passes

December 2nd, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • Large numbers of Apple Watches are now used for BA boarding passes
  • The volume rose by 386 percent in only 4 months over a summer
  • But aged mounted scanners meant many users couldn’t fit wrist on scanner 

Caroline Mcguire for MailOnline


British Airways is introducing new scanners for Apple Watch boarding passes after a series of passengers regulating a device skyrocketed over a summer.

The airline saw a 386 per cent boost over 4 months, between Jun and October, and Apple Watch now accounts for some-more than 5 per cent of BA’s mobile app usage.

But BA’s stream record meant users were incompetent to indicate but holding their watches off and causes slight hold-ups in a queue.

A member of British Airways staff uses a scanner to take a passenger's boarding pass details 

A member of British Airways staff uses a scanner to take a passenger’s boarding pass details 

The strange mounted scanners were designed for paper tickets or slim smartphones, and many passengers with intelligent watches couldn’t fit their wrists into a space.

The new scanners will discharge this problem and are now being introduced into London’s Heathrow Airport this month, with skeleton to hurl them out to serve airports.

Thirty-six of a new gadgets are being commissioned during check in desks opposite Heathrow’s Terminal 3 and 5.

BA moody sum on an Apple Watch 

BA moody sum on an Apple Watch 

They will be prepared for use on Dec 15, according to a airline.

BA business will be means to slip their wrists underneath a new ‘Scan and Go’ inclination to indicate their boarding pass and imitation their possess bag tags. 

Kevin McQuillan, a conduct of BA’s website and mobile services, pronounced in a statement: ‘We are always essay to make a customers’ journeys easier by use of technology.

‘When we saw a thespian arise in a series of people regulating a app on their Apple Watches we knew we indispensable to emanate new facilities in a depot that would make a knowledge even improved for them.’

The airline also announced it will launch a new chronicle of a iPad app early subsequent year.

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