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    Default What is an Airline E-ticket?


    An e-ticket is an electronic airline ticket, or electronic reservation. A traveler with an e-ticket is not issued a traditional paper ticket. Instead, he prints out his reservation information, and often his boarding pass, from e-mail before heading to the airport. The reservation is in the airline's computer system.

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    An e-ticket (short for electronic ticket) is stored in the airline's reservation system and therefore eliminates the need for a printed airline ticket.

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    An e-ticket is nothing more than a reservation in an airline’s computer system, one that advises them you have a ticketed seat confirmed on a particular flight.

    When you’re issued an e-ticket there’s also an e-ticket receipt that’s printed out afterward. The e-ticket receipt often looks similar to an old-style paper ticket but doesn’t need to be presented at the check-in counter on the day of your flight (although we suggest you have it with you, just in case as it serves as proof that your ticket was issued).

    To check in with an e-ticket you only need to provide a valid passport (for international flights) or government issued ID (domestic flights) so the agent can pull up your record in their system. The check-in agent then provides your boarding pass to take to the gate. It is recommended however that you take the e-ticket receipts with you on your trip as it serves as proof of your reservation in the event of a computer snafu or major electronic meltdown.

    Fun fact: Southwest Airlines is credited with offering the world’s first e-ticket in 1994. A 2007 survey by IATA (the International Air Transport Association) said that 97% of all tickets worldwide are now issued as e-tickets. Environmentally speaking, IATA estimates that e-tickets save an equivalent of 50,000 trees per year by eliminating the need for the paper used to print them.

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