The hour-long queue for check-in at London's Stansted Airport could be a thing of the past, as the airport is encouraging carriers using its facilities to offer passengers online check-in. In fact, Ryanair (which has recently attracted the attention of undercover reporters investigating its service and security standards) has announced it will offer online check-in from the middle of March.
A visit to a participating airline's website will allow travellers to print out their boarding cards at home. These cards will show the flight number, date and time of departure and incorporate a unique barcode that can be scanned by airport security staff at a central search area at Stansted.
Initially the service will only be available to passengers travelling with just hand baggage. Hold baggage will have to be presented at check-in in the usual way.