I flew to Christchurch last week to visit family. Booking ahead allowed me to grab some cheap fares — $59 each way, including choosing where I wanted to sit.
Then I heard about the free mPass software and promptly downloaded it to my iPhone. Unfortunately, for some reason, it doesn’t work on the iPod touch.
With mPass on your mobile phone you can:
- View up to date details of all your flight bookings.
- Go straight to the gate when travelling within New Zealand without bags. mPass acts as an electronic boarding pass.
The mPass boarding pass is also recognised by Air New Zealand airport kiosks. Just scan your mPass boarding pass to collect baggage tags when travelling domestically with bags.
I installed the software, entered my details and mPass produced a screen with flight information. When I selected a flight it produced a pattern of dots, as in the screenshot on this post.
When I arrived at the airport I touched the screen of the check-in kiosk, and put the ‘bar code’ under the scanner. That allowed me to be recognised. Then I was able to enter details of the bag I was checking so the kiosk could print out my baggage tag and boarding pass.
After adding my bag to the conveyor belt I strolled off to await boarding.
When I think back to the days of paper tickets, with their multiple carbon copies, I think we’ve come a long way.
mPass also allows you to quickly check flight details, wherever you are.
I don’t know what prevents this nifty piece of software from loading on my iPod touch. Perhaps it’s just a mechanism to avoid duplicates and possible fraud.
Have you used mPass or a similar system? Let us know about your experiences in the Comments.