IATA yesterday announced a standard it said "paves the way for global mobile phone check-in using two-dimensional barcodes." DG and CEO Giovanni Bisignani said the standard, which will use both the Aztec and Datamatrix codes popular in Europe and North America and the QR code used in Japan, "is an important step in getting rid of paper that bogs down processes and drives up costs." IATA has set a 2010 deadline for implementation of barcoded boarding passes.

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