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Xiamen Airport Goes High Tech

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It has been a long time coming but we heard from the grapevine that Xiamen airport is now allowing its passengers to check into the airport by scanning QR Code.

For those who are unfamiliar with QR Codes, they are an evolved version of your basic 2D barcode…the same ones that the cashier at the checkout counter scans with a special scanner. Except that with QR Codes, you do not need a specific scanner, not physically anyway, to scan a QR Code. All you need is your smartphone or any other devices that has an internet data plan and a free-to-download QR Code reader. The QR Code reader is completely free of charge to download, use and create. It is available for both Apple and Android operating systems.

So, anyway, China’s got itself a brand new airport in the form of the Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. On top of boasting of some of the most innovative designs and elements, it has also launched it’s mobile online check-in service.

What does this mean to passengers boarding and dropping off at the Xiamen airport? It means that passengers no longer need to stand in long queues trying to check in their baggages. In fact, according to news reports, the QR Code acts as a boarding pass as well. So, the barcode acts as everything you need to get in and out of the airport.

To high flyers, this sounds like an amazing plan because it saves us all so much more time when we no longer need to contend with insane lines at the airports.

The downside to all of this is…yes, language.

At the point of writing this article, Xiamen airport’s QR Code check-in system is only available in mandarin. But we suspect that they will soon launch in other languages too. Sometimes, these systems are launched as a sub-beta programs to ensure that there is minimum muddle-ups before they start catering to more people, so, no surprise there.

At this stage, the QR Code-enabled boarding is also available within certain access points and domestically. Playing it safe, authorities of the airport is advising those who are using the QR Codes to keep the conventional boarding passes with them…just in case. And furthermore, if the arrival is at a city that does not accept or do not have the QR Code system, the usual boarding pass is required.

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