boarding passes

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by slenpree, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. slenpree macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2010
    On the apple watch announcement there was a screenshot of an american airlines app and some flight and gate information but it didn't show a regular QR code. Does that mean the apple watch can't be used as the actual boarding pass?

    when searching the web for an answer I stumbled across a useful feature of duckduckgo - if you search for "QR code apple watch" for instance, it will generate a QR code for the text "apple watch"!

  2. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Apple clearly states you can "Store your boarding passes...right on your wrist...".

  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Apparently some QR scanners they use in airports are also NFC readers and someone had a problem with Apple Pay popping up and interfering with the boarding pass in Passbook. They'd need to fix this problem (probably by disabling the NFC reading capability while scanning for QR from the airport's end), as the NFC induction coil in the iPhone 6/6+ is always on and I imagine it'll be the same in the :apple:Watch.

    A current workaround to this problem is to bring up the boarding pass in the airline's app rather than Passbook.
  4. Juanefny macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    Has anyone used the apple watch on AA for boarding passes on your wrist? :cool:
  5. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2009
    Wichita, KS
    I know that this is an old thread that got revived, but since we have more info now we might as well address this. I'm guessing that the NFC chip is only on when you double click the side button to activate Apple Pay. Might work better on the Watch than it does on the 6/6+.
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Great point!
  7. adammull macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    Just tried on American at TSA. Didn't work. My phone didn't either. So I'm wondering if my pass was just screwed up in general. I had to get a paper one. Will try again on the return flight.
  8. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Most likely, if it didn't work on both.
  9. dmweinst macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2007
    I've used AA boarding passes on Apple Watch successfully on 2 flights, both to get through the TSA Precheck line and also to board the flight. I had 2 problems at JetBlue: TSA Precheck status didn't display on the pass so I needed to take out my iPhone to get access to that line. Then my wrist wouldn't fit in the gate scanner so needed my iPhone again there.
  10. Alessandro23 macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2013
    i used my watch on a trip to Europe Lufthansa and air canada worked perfect no issues.
  11. LIOC macrumors member


    Oct 20, 2011
    I never used passbook for boarding because I'm always given a paper pass when I check my bags. It was always easier to pull out the paper than my phone.

    But now that I have an :apple: watch will there be a problem that I received the paper ticket when I checked my bags or can I still use passbook?
  12. Pauly 6 String macrumors member

    May 3, 2015
    Just used the watch for boarding pass with the United App.

    At TSA the pass was read but I did have to contort a little to get the back of my wrist up to the reader (Tip - rotate wrist outward). At the gate there is no way a wrist will fit under the reader with the device they use. Had to revert to the phone boarding pass.

    So 50% at best.

    Flight status updates don't update to the watch App consistently. It seems that the flight status on the phone has to be updated for the watch to get an update. Kinda pointless.

    BTW, I work for United and use the App all the time at work and am not getting much usefulness out of the watch app so far. Perhaps with software updates it will improve.
  13. flur macrumors 68000

    Nov 12, 2012
    Did you put the boarding pass in passbook, or just use the app? I've found that for some airlines, if you put the boarding pass in passbook, the pass updates flight time and gate and such. This *should* load to the watch automatically. I have no experience with Delta, though, just BA, Virgin, and AA.
  14. ECJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2006
    Memphis, TN
    I've used it with Delta and it worked just fine. Adding the boarding pass to Passbook, brought it over to the watch automagically, and used it from there. With the overhead scanners, it's hard as hell to get your wrist under there for it to scan properly.
  15. Pauly 6 String macrumors member

    May 3, 2015
    I do add the pass to passbook. But to be honest I can't remember just how much I compared the app ststus to what was on passbook.

    I travel standby and it took a while before my passes showed my seat # once it assigned.

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