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Airline support of iOS 6 Passbook reportedly ready for takeoff

Airline support of iOS 6 Passbook reportedly ready for takeoffDuring the WWDC 2012 presentations of iOS 6 features, one demonstration stood out -- that of Passbook, a new capability to store digital boarding passes, movie tickets and membership cards. With the new iPhone and iOS 6 both about to launch, it appears that some airlines are already beginning to use Passbook as intended, reports Australian Business Traveler.

A reader of that business travel blog, Shaun Lorrain, checked in on a Virgin Australia flight using his iPhone. That device was running a developer preview of iOS 6, and when he pulled up the boarding pass, the OS offered to save it into Passbook (screenshot at right).

Passbook boarding passes provide updates and notifications to flyers, letting them know when a flight is delayed or a boarding gate has changed. The world's largest airline, United, is committed to using Passbook with mobile boarding passes in the near future, so expect other airlines to join the party soon as well.

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