In the past week, the Blog has embraced two hi-tech advances in business travel: iris recognition, and mobile phone boarding cards.
The whole process of having my eyes scanned took just a few minutes in a small office next to security at Heathrow Terminal 5. I just looked into a screen and aligned my eyes with two green dots. So far, I've had only one chance to test it. Coming back into Heathrow from
My colleague Richard sounded a warning note. He found that registration has a time expiry on it, so I will one day find that I am ejected from the iris booth, probably in front of a queue of grinning colleagues.
As for checking in online and having the boarding pass sent to your mobile, I can see that this is going to be useful for when you're on the move and out of reach of a printer. I've had two boarding passes sent to my mobile this week, but wasn't brave enough to rely on them alone and ended up taking old-fashioned paper to the airport instead.