The travel industry has undergone many changes in recent years. Airplane manufacturers are trying to combat their emissions by replacing jet fuel with sustainable aviation fuel, and planes are now capable of traveling further with fewer stops.
However, the technological changes throughout the travel industry have perhaps been among the most prevalent and noticeable. You might enjoy some of the following incredible advancements on your next travel adventure.
More Robust Accommodation Security
Initially, a biometric fingerprint time clock would only be something you would see in a business trying to track employee hours accurately. However, variations of the fingerprint time clock are now being used in countless industries – the travel industry included.
Accommodation owners are steering away from keys, which are easy to replicate and bypass, in favor of biometric access solutions. Accommodation providers can input a temporary pin code, and new guests can use it to enter their hotel room or holiday home. It can then be changed for the next set of guests to prevent unauthorized access.
Easy Booking and Reservation Changes
Making reservations and changing those reservations used to be a complicated and arduous task. You often had to ring the business to make the initial booking and contact them again to change your booking.
Thanks to the invention of booking apps and websites with chatbots and artificial intelligence, it’s now much more straightforward. If you have to change your booking, you can typically cancel or reschedule through an app or site without ever having to deal with a real person.
Streamlined Aircraft Boarding
It’s not all that long ago that booking a flight with an airline required you to print a ticket and present it at a counter to be able to check-in. The entire process could be stressful and drawn out, especially as it often requires you to stand in long lines at a check-in counter.
However, mobile boarding passes are now our reality. With QR codes and apps, we can scan our boarding passes from our mobile devices to check in and even use our phones to display our tickets for airline employees. Not only are we saving time and hassle, but we’re also saving trees.
Quick Contactless Payments
We’ve had cashless payment options for a while now, but the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated their popularity. Rather than handing over cash to businesses, travelers can scan mobile devices equipped with digital wallets or use the contactless payment function on the average debit and credit card.
Contactless payment might also pave the way for safer travel experiences in the future. The less cash you have on you, the less of a target you might be for pickpocketers looking for easy money.
Seat Selection Designed for Comfort
We all have our seat preferences when we travel. In the past, you often had to take what you were given, but apps have given us far more control. When booking airline tickets, and sometimes even tickets for buses and trains, we can now select our own seats.
The more comfortable you are while traveling, the more eager you might be to travel more often and explore the many exciting cities and countries around the world.
We’ve been able to travel freely for decades, but the logistics of doing so have held many people back. Thanks to technological advancements like biometrics, artificial intelligence, apps, and websites, we can now plan vacations and head away on last-minute trips with much more ease than ever before.