Proper printed ticket

Old Feb 24, 2017, 3:52 am
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Originally Posted by Wayland
Why not get a portable power pack to keep your phone charged when travelling? I have one as a permanent fixture in my hand luggage.
This! I have two high capacity (>25,000mAh, good for up to 7 full charges of an iPhone 6 Plus) and five low capacity (<3,000mAh, good for 1 full charge) batteries that I cycle between....and I still run out sometimes

Can't remember the last time I had a boarding pass printed onto card stock - I'm pretty sure the desk at AMS used paper stock when I had one printed there. Can't be sure about LGW as I didn't need a physical boarding pass.
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Old Feb 24, 2017, 4:33 am
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Originally Posted by andrewkeith5
Can't remember the last time I had a boarding pass printed onto card stock - I'm pretty sure the desk at AMS used paper stock when I had one printed there. Can't be sure about LGW as I didn't need a physical boarding pass.
There are quite a few outstations where the app is not available but the boarding pass is printed on cardboard. Mostly outside of Europe.

If we expand ourselves to beyond BA's network () then the vast majority of boarding passes are cardboard in my experience.
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Old Feb 24, 2017, 5:29 am
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Originally Posted by chalf
And 1990s and even 2000s on some airlines - I recall having a true carbon paper ticket on SU as late as 2004, and OK in 2005.
In recent years I've had carbon paper tickets flying in Burma, Bhutan, Somalia, Mauritania, and the very small airlines in the Americas south of Mexico. I'd guess other airlines in Africa too.

Originally Posted by barnet
Related to this, can you get boarding passes that aren't just on plain white paper/card? Like with the logo in colour? Something you might want to keep as a souvenir for example.

I've seen them on the likes of Lufthansa, Air India, Qatar, Emirates and a few others. Whenever I've got the paper ones on BA they're just from the self-serve machines on the shop-receipt-esque paper
The Lufthansa fully branded cards even come out of the self service check-ins at railway stations which form part of LH codeshares with Deutsche Bahn. However it probably straddles the line between thick paper and thin card.



But you can get some weird ones travelling with BA too. I got this one earlier this week on Bremen to LCY (in the delightful company of shefgab by coincidence). They took away my self printed boarding pass from BA.com after scanning my pass at the final gate, replaced it with this one (what was the point of that?), and then when on board we both got trimmed down to the back of the aircraft anyway.



Originally Posted by Calchas
If we expand ourselves to beyond BA's network () then the vast majority of boarding passes are cardboard in my experience.
In reality, there aren't many paper boarding passes now, it's just the machines, and at LGW, LHR, LCY and STN it remains possible to get card boarding passes by hook or by crook.
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Old Feb 24, 2017, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by 1Aturnleft
When I was a travel agent, we used to have dot matrix printed IATA ticket stock. You'd tear off the agent and audit coupons, leaving the flight coupons intact. Upto 4 in one ticket I believe.
At least you had a printer! I used to moonlight for a travel agent back in my university days (mid-90s), and all tickets we issued were handwritten. Given that any corrections were not acceptable, making a mistake at the end of a conjunction ticket would be a pretty frustrating experience - you would cross them over, write VOID over the top and start over. And all of that would sometimes happen right in front of the customer who is waiting for the ticket watching your every move.
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Old Feb 25, 2017, 1:40 am
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Originally Posted by Takiteasy
that's an upmarket version. Mine were often handwritten!
Oh the times I used to have to write those tickets! It was a nightmare when you got a group booking and could take days!! Weirdly I miss those times though.
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Old Feb 25, 2017, 4:04 am
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Back to boarding cards - I have noticed recently that the stub is being torn off.
Had this at LHR and JFK - is there any reason for this ?
I don't recall many instances where this has happened but on my last 3 or 4 flights the stub has been removed every time.
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Old Feb 25, 2017, 4:17 am
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Originally Posted by missdimeaner
Back to boarding cards - I have noticed recently that the stub is being torn off.
Had this at LHR and JFK - is there any reason for this ?
I don't recall many instances where this has happened but on my last 3 or 4 flights the stub has been removed every time.
Odd. Normally at those stations they don't retain the stubs, I didn't see it happening on any of my flights this week, which included LHR but not JFK. They do keep stubs if there is a suspected reconciliation issue coming up, or FLY is being temperamental. Some stations always do it, bearing in mind the ground staff may work on dozens of airlines each with their own SOPs. Many stations note down on a piece of paper any App boarding pass, sometimes self printed ones too. In the early days of FLY many locations would insist a FLY boarding pass was issued for every passenger so they could rule out potential problem areas ahead of them happening, LAX and SYD I think still do that. Given that a third to a half of passengers are on Apps or self printed, getting stubs now - in the absence of other issues - doesn't really matter.
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Old Feb 25, 2017, 6:41 am
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Originally Posted by Wayland
Why not get a portable power pack to keep your phone charged when travelling? I have one as a permanent fixture in my hand luggage.
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If I'm away from home the whole day or more I never travel without my MI 10000mAh power pack. It not only charges many times, but it can sit in the drawer for months without losing its own charge.
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Old Feb 25, 2017, 8:34 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave
Odd. Normally at those stations they don't retain the stubs, I didn't see it happening on any of my flights this week, which included LHR but not JFK. They do keep stubs if there is a suspected reconciliation issue coming up, or FLY is being temperamental. Some stations always do it, bearing in mind the ground staff may work on dozens of airlines each with their own SOPs. Many stations note down on a piece of paper any App boarding pass, sometimes self printed ones too. In the early days of FLY many locations would insist a FLY boarding pass was issued for every passenger so they could rule out potential problem areas ahead of them happening, LAX and SYD I think still do that. Given that a third to a half of passengers are on Apps or self printed, getting stubs now - in the absence of other issues - doesn't really matter.
A few years ago in AMS the gate agent tore the stub off, remembered it wasn't required and gave me it back.
It was a pity it happened at JFK as it was on my first First and would have been nice to keep.
Not a problem in the greater scheme of things, just thought there may be some new procedure.
Glad you cleared that one up C-W-S !^
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Old Feb 25, 2017, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by jamestg
I also don't want to use the self service machines because the tickets are basically paper and always end up torn in my pocket.


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Solution-don't put ticket in your pocket. Put in in briefcase, carry on luggage etc.

Not sure what you do with your pockets but mine do not end up torn.
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Old Feb 25, 2017, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by Takiteasy
that's an upmarket version. Mine were often handwritten!


My AONE4 x 2 back in 2008 was 19 segments each and was handwritten at my local AA outstation of the time. I bowled up there one afternoon just after check-in for a flight had closed and explained the situation, they had to fly the carbon paper in from elsewhere and I went a couple of days later to pick it up and pay for it. The lady told me it took her 8hrs to write it up! She then met us at the gate a few weeks later when we were flying out to start our trip
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Old Feb 25, 2017, 11:29 am
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Originally Posted by henkybaby
I remember it well. I flew in to MRU on Comair, the first time I did a AONE6 with (at that time 21 segments) I was greeted at the door upon arrival by the BA rep and escorted to a car and taken to the office to 'receive' my booklet. I felt almost like royalty. That kind of service is rare nowadays. I had no idea they even would come and hand me my tickets. I miss those days....

I still have the empty one somewhere. It looked good and it felt nice to have them but also a pain if you needed a change or - god forbid - lost them.

I feel nostalgic for the days of the proper printed ticket! The last time I remember seeing one was when I flew Libyan Airlines in 2011/12!!

And yes if you lose them you are in deep trouble.
These days you can't 'lose' a ticket, but there again losing your phone can be more expensive than your plane ticket! So, basically, don't lose your things!
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