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Originally published February 18, 2010 at 9:01 AM | Page modified February 19, 2010 at 1:29 PM

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Alaska/Horizon begin electronic boarding passes

Alaska/Horizon begins electronic check-in program for passengers using cellphones and mobile devices.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air passengers in seven cities can now check-in for flights using their cellphones and other mobile devices, with more cities to be added later this month and in March.

The airlines Thursday launched where customers flying from Anchorage, Alaska; Boise, Idaho; Denver; Las Vegas; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and Spokane can receive boarding information and check in with any mobile device.

Alaska and Horizon Air will offer electronic boarding passes starting Feb. 24 to passengers flying from San Jose, Calif., and Fairbanks, Alaska. By late-March, electronic boarding passes also will be available for customers traveling from five California cities: Burbank, Long Beach, Ontario, Palm Springs and Sacramento. The airlines plan to expand the program to other cities throughout the year.

Customers using mobile devices should look for an asterisk next to the departing city during the online check-in process to determine which airports have electronic boarding passes.

Like a paper boarding pass, travelers can obtain their electronic boarding passes at up to 24 hours in advance and up to one hour before departure.

Each pass displays an encrypted bar code along with passenger and flight information that is scanned and verified by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at the security checkpoint. Passengers are still required to show photo identification to TSA agents.

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