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BA Debuts Board Pass App For Smartphones

British Airways has launched a smartphone application for members of its Executive Club which allows them to display their board pass; the application is available for the iPhone, Blackberry and Android platforms but not Windows Mobile.

The free app will display the pass ready to be scanned on the handset's screen. Obviously, customers will need to download their tickets at home on their handsets beforehand especially when travelling abroad (or else face roaming charges).

Chris Davies, head of digital marketing at BA, said: 'Mobility and convenience is key for our customers, so that no matter where they are, they can turn to their mobile phones to find the very latest information about flights, check-in times and even access boarding passes allowing them to stay one step ahead."

Others like Virgin and Tesco have already introduced Apps that replace paper tickets or key fobs and convert handsets into passive displays. Just make sure you don't forget to charge the phone (or forgetting it) before flying.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.