Monday, June 09, 2008

I don't understand online flight check-in

On most airlines, you can now check in online for your flight up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time. I thought checking in was a way of telling the airline, "I have arrived at the airport, and I am a mere few hundred yards away from the gate. My plans have not changed, and I have not been delayed by traffic. Rest assured, I will be ready to board that plane when my row number is called. So please do not give my seat to a standby passenger." Those are not things you can confidently tell the airline the day before your flight. Am I missing something, or does online check-in largely defeat the purpose of checking in?

3 comments:

warm fuzzy said...

I agree. I hate online checking and refuse to do it. When I flew home from New York, I was told I had to use the electronic check in (they had booths set up). I don't like it at all.

Fishfrog said...

It seems sketchy that you could print out your own boarding pass at home. Doesn't that reduce the effectiveness of not allowing people past security without a boarding pass?

Alma said...

I love online check in! It saves me a lot of early morning time and a lot of stress.
And I only check in online, when I'm completely sure no meetings are moved or canceled.
Your boarding pass can only be used once, hence the scan at security, so you need to look after it just as much as the one you would have been handed at check-in.
Besides I like picking my own seat.