American Airlines launches app to speed up international flight check-ins

American Airlines launches app to speed up international flight check-ins

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines has introduced what it’s calling a first-of-its-kind passport-scanning upgrade for the carrier’s mobile app that is intended to make checking in for international flights simpler and faster.

The new technology securely transmits a passenger’s key passport information directly from what’s called a Near Field Communication chip embedded in the passport. The process allows passengers to skip the often time-consuming step of having the passport information checked manually by an airline customer-service agent before passing through security and proceeding to the departure gate.

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