The Quickest Flight in History

Updated: 25/10/2008

Right so I’ve gone and got my E-ID, electronic identification card, henceforth known as an EID card. It really a wallet space saver due to the fact that it’s your ID, License, Medical card, and e-Gate pass in one.

What I was particularly excited about was the e-Gate pass which uses a QR Code. I was happy that I wouldn’t be standing in cues any longer with my frequent trips. Then comes along Qatar Airways online checkin, which is another time saver.

It was now time to see if the airport experience has been simplified to the extent that I could breeze through.

  1. I purchased my ticket online at www.qatarairways.com. Easy.
  2. I attempted to Check in online on the website (maximum 36 hours before departure).
  3. It worked and I was also able to select my seat. I chose the one closest to the exit.
  4. I went to go print the boarding pass (or copy it to my mobile phone) however since I paid with my card, I could only print out a confirmation pass which I had to display at the Quick Check in.

So that was my first stumbling block. Yes its still faster since they just print it out for me, and I guess I had to go to the Quick Check in anyway IF I had some luggage, but I just had carry on. Also note that if you don’t purchase the ticket with a credit card (at a desk or travel agency), you can print out your boarding pass and can skip this (if you don’t have luggage).

Updated: So I entered and went through to the quick checkin desk. The man looked at my paper and issued my ticket. To my left I heard security guards asking “Do we accept this?” while looking at printed out tickets. The airport had obviously NOT bothered to let the whole staff know about the new method.

I walked through security, swiped my egate pass, took a finger print digital scan and thats it. I was lounging around the airport :)

Verdict? Online check in’s the way to go!

  • ILQR

    Yes yes yes your right…

    Though, if you buy on there website the fares are 5% lower!

  • sweet30

    hehe! Well done Mr Q :) Safe flight

  • Kei

    Yes indeed ILQR, we get to save 5%, but here’s the funny thing. Qatar Airways only charges that 5% if you buy it at their desks in Qatar. In no other country. I wonder why.

  • ILQR

    Kei….

    A good question….

    The 5% fee is charged by all Airlines + all Travel Agents. This decision/law was inforced by the Civil Aviation Authority.

    I’m happy to pay the 5% fee if someone else completes my transaction – I’m not prepered to pay a service fee for something that is “self service” – i.e. – an online booking.

  • Kei

    Sadly then, it seems that the government is the cause for this.

Freedom of Expression

    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the Qatari Government is a signatory of states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any medias and regardless of any frontiers.

    The Emiri Decision Number 86 of the year 2007 on the establishment of the Doha Free Information Centre marked yet another step towards establishing a State of rights and freedom of speech. The decision stipulated that the Centre be a non-profit organization, headquartered in Doha City, and have the authority to establish other affiliated centres inside and outside Qatar. It is worth mentioning that His Highness the Emir issued a decision in 1998 annulling the ministry of information, giving birth to a new era of freedom of speech where censorship was removed from local media.