(Yicai Global) Sept. 20 -- Starting today, Guangzhou Baiyuan Airport in China's southern Guangdong province, has begun using QR codes for security checks and domestic flight boarding.
Under the new system, passengers will be able to use an electronic QR code on their smartphone in place of a boarding pass. China Southern Airlines Co. [SHA:600029;HKG:1055;NYSE:ZNH], Air China Ltd. [SHA:601111;HKG:0753;LSE:AIRC], Shenzhen Airlines and Chongqing Airlines are the first to adopt the new service. It will roll out to other carriers in the future, state-owned news agency Xinhua reported on Sept. 19.
Verification equipment has been installed at the 52 domestic security channels at Baiyun Airport. Passengers can scan the QR codes and valid identification documents to print a security slip for boarding.
The service provides passengers with a more efficient and faster boarding route and will be particularly effective for business passengers with no checked baggage. This paperless method will become the norm in future, an officer at the airport said.
For now, the QR code boarding process is only available to domestic passengers leaving Guangzhou and travelling without checked baggage.