What is the IATA?
IATA stands for the International Air Transport Association. Created over 60 years ago by a group of airlines, today over 200 airlines in over 60 countries make up the IATA . Working to make air travel safer, more streamlined as well as more convenient for travelers, the IATA is making changes that you may notice over the next few months.
Magnetic Stripe boarding passes – A thing of the past
Turning away from the magnetic stripe and moving onto the barcoded boarding passes according to the IATA will open the door for many more self service options when it comes to air travel. Part of a larger initiative by the IATA called Fast Travel, this step is meant to offer those traveling by air the opportunity to travel faster by not relying on people to do all the basics at the airport. Self services options include:
• Check in
• Bag tagging
• Airline document checking
• Flight rebooking
• Luggage recovery
The IATA says that it expects that almost 80% of airline passengers will have access to these self service options during air travel by the year 2020. Of course, the goal is to save money in addition to speeding up your check in time at the airport, making air travel more convenient and cost effective for you.
Though currently only two areas are participating in the new project, IATA expects that it will continue to grow and thrive as the program is tested. Look for more changes in airline travel worldwide as you travel.
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