Mobile check-in is being made available by Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines on flights from Heathrow.
The service is available for both internet-enabled phones and tablet devices.
Passengers can check in remotely between 72 hours and up to two hours before the scheduled flight departure time.
Electronic boarding passes are sent by email or text message or can be saved directly on to the mobile phone or tablet through an application called Passbook which has been developed to store and view boarding passes of different airlines. This is available for iPhone, iPad and Android platforms.
Code scanning is carried out at the airport directly through the device’s screen. The mobile boarding pass is valid at baggage drop locations, document checkpoints, tax-free shops and at aircraft boarding.
More than one person can be checked in at the same time, as long as all passengers in the group have the same reservation code.