Airlines in Australia already offer online check-in and kiosks at airports are already pretty much the standard. Next year, Qantas will begin testing a service that eliminates the need to print boarding passes and should make it easier to drop off luggage.
AAP reports that the new service, which will be trialled in Perth next year, will give frequent flyers a permanent baggage tag linked to their frequent flyer card. Baggage will be able to be dropped off after swiping the card on a reader — a much speedier process hopefully than the current queues. The card will also serve as a boarding pass, which seems like a good way to cut down the amount of paper I lose at airports.
I don't think this model will convince me not to fly with only hand luggage whenever possible, but it certainly sounds like a better arrangement when you have to travel with more gear. How would you use technology to speed up check-in? Share your vision in the comments.