When I talked about the abandon of paper ticket in China, I thought of my experience with Virgin Blue in Australia. Virgin Blue is a low cost airline, and they highly depend on Internet, and automatic processes to do their business.
Here are some pictures I took about the wonderful self-serve check in system.
Below: all you need to know is the six-number confirmation ID: ENTDAC (I guess I have completed the travel and this code is not confidential any more). Enter the code using the onscreen keyboard.
Below: With the code, they know everything about our trip and showed us our names. I selected both.
Below: I can also change my seat allocation. One point to notice is, after I choose 6A and 6B for the first trip, the seats remain the same on our other two flights with Virgin Blue.
Below: We don’t have luggage, so we choose 0. If I choose other than 0, that is the time I need to see the person in the counter and deposit my luggage.
Below: Print boarding pass. Fast, and easy.
Below: I got my boarding pass (newly printed).
Below: it is done. The boarding gate is 6.
Below. The Virgin Blue flight waiting for getting aboard.
What a wonderful experience (when it worked).