Qantas dumps confusing rule

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 has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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