Airline travel is a pain, but travellers can ease the burden of long lines, in-flight boredom, and fumbling for their boarding pass at the gate with their smartphone.
A slew of apps and mobile services — and even a recent paperless boarding option approved by the TSA — will turn your smartphone into your ideal flying buddy. While it won’t prevent prevent your flight from being delayed or hush screaming children, smartphones have finally become integrated into all aspects of airline travel.
Don't waste any more time waiting at the gate than you have to. Use your airline's app or mobile site to check for any delays.
Several airlines including Continental, American and United allow you to push your boarding pass to your smartphone instead of printing out a paper one at home or the airport. When you reach security, TSA agents won't even need to look at your phone. Just scan it and your information will pop up on their screen.
Checking your e-mail from 30,000 feet is cool, but many airlines offering WiFi don't provide you with an outlet to keep your laptop or netbook charged. (Especially if you're stuck in coach). For longer flights, surf with your power-friendly phone.