A new system will let you check in for flights from, well pretty much anywhere.
Many travelers already check in for flights long before arriving at the airport. But this new company wants to make the process even easier.
The global distribution services company Amadeus has just announced that it will be introducing the world’s first pop-up check-in system, allowing passengers to easily check in — and drop off their luggage — without stepping foot inside an airport.
Amadeus has teamed up with Off-Airport Check-In Solutions (OACIS) to create a mobile check-in process that will allow travelers to check in for flights with any airline and drop off their luggage at locations that range from schools to hotels.
Using cloud-based technology, the new system will be able to access the airline’s passenger service systems from any location, as long as there’s a device with an Internet connection.
With this system, the company can establish completely mobile check-in counters in locations that might include cruise terminals, hotels, railway stations, and even large conferences and events.
Passengers’ luggage will also be checked in and transported to the respective airports before passing through the baggage system and onto your aircraft.
“The goal of our service is to provide passengers with more freedom [and] flexibility...so that they can make their travels more optimal,” Matthew Lee, OACIS’ chief executive officer, said in a statement.
“Travelers can leave their luggage in an appropriate place, [enjoy] the day without a suitcase, get to the airport quickly and without having to check in at the airport, and be aware of the luggage waiting for them at the destination,” he added.
Virgin Australia will be the first airline to utilize the service, which is already available on some cruise ships in Sydney, though the company also plans to bring the systems to New Zealand and several other markets in the next 18 months.
One of those markets could be in Miami, Lee told Bloomberg in an interview, since its cruise port is the busiest in the world. Close to five million passengers departed from this Florida city in 2016 alone, according to Cruise Industry News.
“They’re keen on seeing how we go down here in Australia,” Lee told the publication. “The challenge for us will be just the pace at which we can move here, get established, and then consider where else we’d like to go,” he added.
The concept is already proving to be quite popular, with companies around the world considering — and implementing —somewhat similar systems.
In Hong Kong, for example, the Airport Express allows travelers to check in and drop off their luggage up to two days before their flight at stations in town. And in the United Kingdom, the Department of Transport is considering mobile and in-town check-in centers.
If Amadeus' new trial goes well, you might soon find yourself saying goodbye to the airport check in for good.
“In the future, it could be possible to completely eliminate the check-in switch at the airport, which would provide room for other sources of revenue,” Sarah Samuel, head of airport it sales at Amadeus, said in the statement.