The International Air Transport Association is pushing to allow passengers to use mobile phones to check-in into their flights. The theory, as described in the article, is that the system will send bar-code images to the phone, which are then directly scanned while boarding.

I wonder if there is a point where a passenger’s identification is checked by a human? I’ve noticed that ID checking within Australian airports, for domestic flights, has become rather lax; on my last flight to Sydney, not a single person asked for mine – and at one point, when I offered my driver’s licence to the check-in attendant, she said, “Oh no, we don’t need that”. So the only ID check that was ever done on me was by the self-check-in computer, when I entered my booking number.

Now, I know that I’m one of the first people to complain about some of the over-the-top security measures that many governments are putting into air-travel, but checking ID is one of the simpler, less intrusive measures. How hard can it be for them to do that properly?

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