Airport Compass Boarding Pass May Take Flight

From Kang Eun-Kyung and Park Ji-Eun comes the Compass Boarding Pass Concept, a way to help travelers navigate the most confusing part of their trip - the airport.

Airports can  be very aggravating places, made all the more so by throngs of people, surly airline representatives and information booths that don't distribute anything of the kind. In response to the sheer madness of the ever-expanding travel hubs in many countries, two intrepid designers have created the Compass Boarding Pass in an effort to make time spent in the airport less stressful.

In many respects, the Compass Boarding Pass looks like a regular boarding pass - same size and shape, along with the same flight information. The difference lies in the solid-state film battery, which powers an arrow displayed on e-paper on the right-hand side of the ticket. RFID technology is intended to act as a mini GPS within the airport by identifying the traveler's gate and guiding them to it.

Additionally, the Compass Boarding Pass would provide information about the destination city such as weather and travel by interacting with kiosks in the airport.

Boarding pass interaction: technology for the win.Boarding pass interaction: technology for the win. 

Airports are becoming less and less attendant-dependant as self-serve pass stations emergence and boarding passes can be printed online before a traveler ever leaves home. The concept of a compass pass is a great idea for anyone who is traveling through an airport they are unfamiliar with or is in a hurry because they didn't want to be "too early" for their flight.

The potential problem here lies in the execution of the thing, mostly in terms of cost. Boarding passes are thrown away after they are used, and we don't see travelers keeping this thing around after its led them to their gate as it would be of no use except for one single flight. Though the pass could probably be produced fairly cheaply, illuminated map displays and questions of airport staff will always cost less.

Add this to the fact that the cost of an entire-airport RFID Compass Boarding Pass system would likely be passed almost entirely to the consumer, and we can see a potential grounding on this one.

Still, it doesn't take much to find this idea intriguing.

Source: Tuvie