No passport? No problem. How smartphones are revolutionizing travel

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/smartphones-revolutionizing-travel-196866

    It’s the air traveler’s nightmare scenario -- you left your passport at home, you’ve got no boarding pass, your flight’s delayed, the gate keeps changing and, horror of horrors, you haven’t got enough leftover shekels to buy a drink at the bar.

    No problem. Just pull out your phone.

    Apple’s Passbook app, recently launched with the iPhone 5, is the first step in what will eventually become an entirely paper- and cash-less airport experience.

    Most recently, Airbnb, Eventbrite and McDonald's all jumped aboard the Passbook digi-train.
    From how we check-in to what we buy in transit to where we go after we land, smartphones are making travel easier, faster and safer.

    This will end with even passports being binned for something digital, say experts.

    Read More: http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/smartphones-revolutionizing-travel-196866
     
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    Phones get lost or broken all the time too... ;)
     
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    And there I thought today's smartphones would be replaced by a combination of Bluetooth headset, Google Glass, chip brain implant and Dick Tracy watch...
     
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    Speaking of this small stuff people probably would remember a phone they use daily (and sometimes never detach from their hand) over a passport or something similar.

    Google Wallet with NFC capability seems a lot better as far as progress goes. Pair that with Google Glasses and you're set. Why do I event have an iPhone still?
     
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    Eventually we'll get a chip embedded in our jaw, near the vocal cord. It will be a combination phone, RFID device with identity data, and a voice activated computer (projection screen from another chip mounted in the forehead, or better, tied directly to the retina to project images). No more lost phones. We'll be issued a personal IP address at birth. It can use bio storage, 10 or 20 terabytes inside our brain.

    I can't wait.
     
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    Oh, I can :) (now get off my lawn!)
     
  7. rwoman
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    Somehow, I'd prefer not trying to convince the UK Border Agency, "But it's on my phone!?!" I get enough questions as a non-EU resident with a visa! ;)
     
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    And isn't it easier to forge a document on electronic media than with all the "precautions" they have with embedded stuff on paper ones?
     
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    I think in general a digital signature (certifying the authenticity of a document) is much harder to forge than stuff you can do to/with paper.
     
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    Hahahahah Too Funny!
     
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    By the time this happens, terabytes will seem laughably small ;)
     
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    What I want to know is ... what are all those TSA people who scribble with their pens on your paper boarding pass going to do when everything goes digital?
     
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    That's already a "problem".
     
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    They already do nothing when one uses a smartphone QR code BP. I feel their pain, but luckily they don't try to scribble on my iPhone:p
     
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    I like the idea.... but somehow I dont see the DHS and the US Border Patrol jumping on this bandwagon anytime soon.......
     
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    This whole scribbling thing makes little sense anyway. I can reprint the boarding pass after security. If I get upgraded, the gate agent will do it for me. What value or security does the scribble add?
     
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    It makes them feel more important, and that increases their value. :rolleyes:
     
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    Good point, especially because that can reduce their propensity to irritate us in order to achieve the same objective.:eek:
     

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