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23 February, 2006 - 10:31 By Staff Reporter

Now it’s London ‘Scan-sted’

Stansted Airport is installing new barcode scanning technology that is set to streamline the check-in process for passengers using the terminal.Stansted Airport is installing new barcode scanning technology that is set to streamline the check-in process for passengers using the terminal.

Airlines that operate at Stansted now have the option of setting up their own websites to allow passengers to print out their boarding cards at home, avoiding the need to queue at the check-in desks at the airport.

The boarding card will display the flight number, date and time of departure for the flight, along with a unique barcode that can be scanned by security staff at the central search area, when the passenger presents the document on arrival at Stansted.

But Stansted officials reassured airport users that there would be no shortcuts on security and that stringent checks in this area would be reinforced.

More than 400 security staff at Stansted have been trained to use the internet check-in scanning system (ICISS), which was first trialled at Heathrow; it has proved so popular that many airlines are considering introducing it.

Initially, only passengers with hand baggage will be able to avoid the full check-in process; travellers with hold luggage will have to visit a check-in desk to deposit their bags in the usual way.

Christine Stewart, customer service director said: “Internet check-in is an attractive option for airlines that want to streamline their business, while offering an improved service for passengers.

“The ability for Stansted to process these travellers will provide us with a competitive edge over other European airports that do not yet have a system in place.

“Several airlines are currently developing internet systems to help their customers check-in online and print their own boarding cards away from the airport and we would welcome any carrier that wishes to take advantage of our technology.”

Andrew Keating, who has led the introduction of the system at Stansted said: “During our early trials we are already seeing passengers choosing to use the on-line service.”

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