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About NFCNFC means "Near-Field Communications".
NFC is a short-range signal (about 10 cm) which uses wireless technology. Once in range it allows a mobile devices to read RFID tags, or communicate information with other NFC devices. This will mean airport and airline staff can then process this information faster with another NFC device.
In 2009, Air France will pilot the very first use of the mobile boarding passes. The electronic boarding pass is sent to the device, when a passengers swipe their mobile devices over an NFC reader after check in.
The six-month scheme is initailly aimed at frequent flyers travelling between Nice and Paris Orly airports. Air France have also been the leader in plans for a rival train service from the United Kingdom to France.
About SMS PassesAt present several airliners send boarding passes to users mobile phones via SMS as a 2d barcode. SMS Mobile barcoding is becoming a popular low cost alternative to implement.
Mobile tickets sent via SMS displays on the passenger's handset, which provides access to the 2D barcode boarding pass.
The barcode is scanned at the security check point, before the flight, as well as at the gate when entering the plane.