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System and Method for Airport Aware Boarding Pass Delivery and Corresponding Point of Sale Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000168589D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Mar-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

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IBM

Abstract

There is a limitation in the state of the art in that a boarding pass can only be obtained by waiting in line for a kiosk / clerk at the airport or by printing same at home. This creates a problem for travelers who are in too much of a hurry to wait in line or boot their computers for this purpose. Through location-based services, existing point-of-sale terminals at key locations and mobile payment stations, such as those in taxis, could be enabled to automatically offer a boarding pass to the user in tandem with their payment. This would decrease the burden of airline staff to provide boarding passes and would give travelers incentives to make purchases at surrounding shopping areas.

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System and Method for Airport Aware Boarding Pass Delivery and Corresponding Point of Sale Apparatus

In one example, a taxi will deliver a user to the airport. Upon arrival, the taxi will come in range of the airport's wireless network. When a payment is made via credit card while in range of the airport's wireless network, the payment system can also offer to provide the user's boarding pass similar to what is offered at the airline's kiosk, as the traveler has already identified themselves to the system, and the taxi point-of-sale device would be authorized to access the airline reservation system.

     In a further example, the taxi will have GPS navigation integrated into the system, and will be able to determine what terminal it is parked in front of to better and more quickly determine which airline the boarding pass is for.

     In a yet further example, surrounding food kiosks and other point of sale terminals in range of the airport network (either wired or wireless) could also provide similar services.

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