Old May 29, 09, 8:55 am
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Denver, Colorado
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Originally Posted by fastair View Post
There is no way to issue a boarding pass for a flight once the flight has been put in "post departed" status in the computer (usually after push back or just after take off.)

To be able to issue one at the destination means that the upline station never "closed out the flight" properly or sending the appropriate passenger data to HQ. This is rare, I would say a few percent of flights at most. Your ability to do this with 100% success on numerous occasions has staggering probabilities against you, but still within the realm of possibilities.
I got on an earlier flight once at DEN during a computer meltdown on a similar basis: Just get on and take a seat. But I wasn't surprised when they would not give me mileage, I had no evidence I was aboard, and neither did UA.
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