Australian travellers departing can now do so online as airlines are able to issue electronic boarding passes for international flights departing from Australia.
Following several trials run by the Department of Home Affairs, the changes mean that passengers catching international flights will be able to show their boarding pass on a mobile device.
Citizenship and multicultural affairs minister Alan Tudge said that last financial year more than 21.4 million travellers caught flights departing Australia.
“These increasing volumes mean we are always looking for ways to clear legitimate travellers efficiently and seek out those of interest to law enforcement,” the minister said.
“This change will cut out the need to visit the check-in desk to show your passport and collect your paper boarding pass.”
Mobile boarding passes complement the government’s Seamless Traveller push. The government in 2015 revealed it would earmark $93.7 million over five years to boost automated biometric processing at Australia’s major international airports and sea ports.
Some 73 per cent of travellers departing from Australia are currently processed through SmartGates.
Earlier this year the government revealed that Unisys will design and implement the new Enterprise Biometric Identification Services (EBIS) system for conducting biometric checks on people travelling to Australia.
What do you think of the new changes and have you used them yet?
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