A smartphone or tablet will allow travelers to board their flights at Akron-Canton Airport.


 A smartphone will be enough to get travelers on their flights at Akron-Canton Airport.

Mobile boarding pass technology now is available at the airport for passengers flying with U.S. Airways, Delta or United Airlines.

The process allows travelers to download a copy of their boarding pass to a smartphone or tablet. The downloaded pass is used when passengers check in, at the Transportation Security Administration station and while boarding the flight.

An app allows customers to download the boarding  pass. The electronic version eliminates the paper pass.

In some instances, if the mobile boarding pass has been downloaded to a phone or tablet, the traveler can bypass the airline’s check-in counter and move directly to the TSA station.

Mobile boarding passes are one more way to simplify the travel experience, said Kristie Van Auken, Akron-Canton’s senior vice president.

“It’s like clockwork. There’s less paperwork to worry about,” she said.

U.S. Airways helped the airport set up the mobile boarding pass system. The service has been available for two weeks and about 100 travelers per day have been using it, Van Auken said.

All three airlines offer the mobile boarding pass service at dozens of other airports around the country, as well as with some international locations. Akron-Canton is among the second phase of airports adding the mobile board pass system, Van Auken said.

The service still isn’t available for Southwest Airlines and AirTran customers but should be once the two airlines have integrated their operations.

Van Auken said the airport also is working with the TSA on a mobile pre-check program. That system could be in place within a few weeks, she said.

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