PHOENIX -- Southwest Airlines made its boarding process at Phoenix Sky Harbor easier and more eco-friendly by implementing mobile boarding passes. That means the only thing you need to board your plane is your smartphone.
Rather than printing your boarding pass at home or work or at an airport kiosk, you now can have your boarding pass emailed or texted to you after check-in, which you can do online or via the Southwest app.
All you have to do is save the image to your phone -- the passes are not optimized for tablets -- and then scan it at the security checkpoint and the gate. You do still need you ID to show TSA agents.
Right now Southwest's mobile boarding passes can only be used on flights originating at select airports.
- Austin (AUS)
- Baltimore/Washington (BWI)
- Chicago Midway (MDW)
- Dallas Love Field (DAL)
- Denver (DEN)
- Houston Hobby (HOU)
- Orlando (MCO)
- Phoenix (PHX)
Southwest launched the pilot program at the Texas airports before expanding to the rest of the list. Based on how the mobile boarding passes are received, Southwest plans to add more airports as the year goes on.
So far, Sky Harbor passengers love the mobile boarding passes.
"Less paper. Less waste. It's easy to do on the run. You don't have to worry about finding a place to print," one woman told 3TV's Jill Galus. "You don't have to wait in line. It's much easier."
"If we can save on paper, if we can just use our electronics, which we already have, it'd be great -- every single time," another passenger agreed.
Mobile boarding passes are not available AirTran flights or international flights.
Getting through the airport is getting easier and greener! Mobile Boarding Passes are NOW available at BWI, DEN, MCO, MDW, PHX!— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) May 8, 2014