The first cut is the deepest, they say and for this admin, this sure rings true for online ticket purchasing. Once I purchased movie tickets online and saved the QR Codes on my phone and loaded them up and scanned them on those machines when entering the cinema, purchasing a physical movie ticket no longer was an option for me. Why would I want to line up in a queue that took ages? Why would I need to go to an ATM machine just because I ran out of cash to buy the movie tickets when I can electronically do it all on my smartphone? Why would I struggle with lining up only to find out that there are no more seats for the film that I want to watch in the end?
We have all gone mobile and digital. Once you have done what I have done, you will never go back to the old ways…unless you have no other option, of course.
And the trend continues not just where I live but where everyone else is living as well, apparently. All over the United States, QR Codes are being used to expedite our everyday chores and make our lives a little easier. In Ukraine, train ticket purchasing is also taking a turn for the better.
Starting from Christmas this year, train passengers in Ukraine are given the option to purchase their train tickets ahead of time on their mobile phones, save the QR Code into their phones and scan them for their rides, says the Vice Prime Minister of Infrastructure, Borys Kolesnikov. At the point of writing this article, the announcement is made regarding train ticket purchasing in Kyiv.
However, the way I see it, the plan will be an across-all master plan for everyone else in other places in Ukraine as well. They can very well head over to a specific website before their train route is set to depart, book the ticket and pay right there and then with their credit card. We are not sure if there is a third party payment system being used, i.e. Paypal, etc.
The good thing is that even if you have purchased the ticket on a personal computer or laptop and saving the QR Code into your phone is not an option, you can most certainly, easily, print the QR Code out and have the operator manning the terminal scan the QR Code. By the summer of 2013, all inter-city trains should have the system in place, says Kolesnikov.
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