Until last week, this technology was limited to most major ports in Oz with only the promise of expansion. The time has come for international check-in overhaul. Qantas has introduced the next-gen check-in for flights between New Zealand and Australia. The towers are equipped with passport readers for Trans-Tasman passengers to bypass the lines and breeze through to the lounges in Auckland, Wellington, and Queenstown. The service is additionally coming to Christchurch in 2012.
Do note, however, that the Q-Tag bag tagsmore new tech that allows you to laser scan your luggage without the paper tag or stickersis still limited to domestic services. Checked baggage on these New Zealand flights will still need to be processed by customs and immigration.
The best part of this news is that Qantas has announced that the next step of roll-out might be somewhere in the good ol' USA. Passengers flying out of the airline's mega hub, LAX, may soon be swiping their passport and membership cards, collecting a boarding pass and going straight through security; all within seconds instead of minutes. And here, we still think mobile boarding passes are super cool.