Boarding pass or bar receipt?

I’m all for being “green” but on a recent flight I realized how cheap it felt to get a boarding pass that was no different than the receipt I got from the airport bar. I liked the official-ness of the old tickets with the heavy stock and the real perforation that the attendant would rip before you boarded. I also loved the jacket the ticket would sit in. Now they just highlight the ticket when you board like when your leaving The Home Depot and the security guard marks your receipt to see if you stole anything. Gone is this like so many other good things I loved about flying. I think the future will hold a totally new and better experience at airports from check in through security, at least I hope so. I just hope they consider the design experience more.

Boarding pass or bar receipt?


  1. I seldom fly anywhere, usually one round trip a year on my annual winter vacation with my dad and brother. However, I also noticed the flimsy boarding passes issued at the airport this time, and I immediately thought that such a pass would be very easily lost.

    I guess in the end it comes down to cutting costs for airlines. This type of thermal receipt paper (what else could it be, really?) is a lot cheaper than the card stock previously used, but we all knew that…although I would much rather have a free Coke on board than a thicker ticket.

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