Qantas puts an end to this annoying and confusing flight rule

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To print or not to print? That is the question.

Well, to be honest, you only need to read the statement ‘Each passenger travelling needs a printed copy of this document for airport security checks’ on your plane ticket to think that you do actually need to print your ticket so you can pass appropriate checks and board your plane.

But then many who book their flights online or through an app would have also seen a statement saying you can use the barcode on the e-ticket on your phone to board, even though the same e-ticket says you should print a copy for security checks.

Or maybe you’ve read the news that outbound international passengers can check in using electronic boarding passes as of August this year.

And therein lies the confusion.

In an effort to make things a little clearer and boarding a bit easier (and better for the environment), Qantas has removed the phrase saying you need a printed copy and updated it to read: ‘We recommend that you carry a printed copy of the e-ticket document or save this on your phone’.

As nice as it is to know that you no longer need a printout, I’d still recommend having a copy of your e-ticket stashed away somewhere in your bag or on your person, just in case you lose your phone.

Do you go digital all the way or do you take backups of your travel documentation?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?

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