Does Anyone Else Still Print a Boarding Pass Every Trip?
Technology has made things easier in many ways. That may be no more evident than when it comes to being an airline passenger. Airlines have apps that give you up to the moment updates on your flight, allow you to book and change flights in a second and they allow you to access your boarding pass.
Technology has brought us to the point where some even use their watch to board a plane. With a simple flick of the wrist they are walking down the jet bridge. Even though there is all of this technology I still find myself printing a boarding pass (most of the time).
Why Print Something You Don’t Need?
I have talked in the past about why everyone should download airline apps before flying. That means I have them on my phone so why don’t I use them?
Maybe it is the old timer in me :). A part of me likes that paper boarding pass much like I prefer reading a paper book versus doing it on my Fire tablet. Maybe nostalgia plays a small part in this but it isn’t the full story.
I think the main reason is that even though I love and use technology I don’t always trust it. I have had my phone freeze, do an update, or die on me at the worst times. Walking up to the gate agent and not being able to pull up my boarding pass and holding up the line is a nightmare to me. I have seen it happen to others and I always cringe. Similar things have happened to me when using an app in a store etc. and it drives me crazy. So I think I like having that paper ticket as a backup. It provides a sense of security for me.
I know I should just take a picture of the boarding pass and keep it in my photos as a way to navigate an app malfunction. And I do that most of the time but that only reduces the risks, it doesn’t totally eliminate them.
I realize this is a unwarranted obsession/fear but it is something that I have always done. I was curious if I was the only one out there that does the same thing. Do any of you print a boarding pass as a back up? Or maybe you do it just because you like it better than using your watch or phone.