American Airlines Launches Mobile App for Passport Scanning

American Airlines is the first carrier to offer passport chip scanning that will go directly to Near Field Communication (NFC), with the chip that is embedded in the passport. This will allow the traveler to bypass the second security checkpoint and head directly to the international gate. Before this feature, customers check in on the app and then have their passports re-scanned at the airport. With the new feature, travelers will be able to upload their photo, along with passport information and scan their passport directly on the app. This is to help make checking in and travel easier for the passengers. Maya Leibman, American’s Chief Information Officer, says, “we are continuously adding features to our app to make travel easier and worry-free for our customers… Mobile passport scanning removes a time-consuming step, providing our customers with a smoother check-in experience for international flights.”
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