Airport Wants to Keep Up With Times

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COLUMBIA - In an age of advancing technology Columbia Regional Airport is trying to keep up with the times.  At Wednesday's airport advisory board meeting members discussed the idea of installing new technology to check mobile boarding passes.

The airport currently does not have the ability to check passengers in via mobile boarding passes.  This has caused numerous problems for passengers who come to the airport and expect to use their phone to board the plane. 

Currently, if passengers with mobile tickets arrive well ahead of time then employees are able to print off a boarding pass or plug in passenger information from the phone.  But if passengers arrive late then there is no longer an attendant at the ticket counter to print a new boarding pass.

This has caused many delays for travelers, some have even missed their flights.

The airport advisory board is not taking this problem lightly and plans to start looking into new technology immediately.

Airport Advisory Board member Steven Faber said that cost will not be an issue when it comes to this technology.

"I don't care how much it costs, it needs to be done, people are coming through this airport to do business in Columbia, to bring jobs to Columbia. We only have to spoil one deal to tell ourselves 'what were we thinking we should have spent that money," Faber said.

American Airlines official John Frye said it won't take long for the new plan to be put in place.

"I don't think it's going to take long at all actually, I think probably within 30 days the problem should be resolved," Frye said.

[Editor's note: This story was edited to correct the name and identification of John Frye.]