When I go to counter to check in my luggage, I'm given a printed boarding pass though I have a mobile pass. This happened several times and the last flight was from Istanbul to London.

Why do they give me a printed boarding pass, do they have to? While dropping my luggage, should I mention that I already have a mobile boarding pass?

  • Not a duplicate but in the answers is a good reason that might also apply for your airline: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/61323/…
    – Willeke
    Mar 3, 2019 at 13:04
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    @Willeke I'm not sure whether that answer covers my case, because I receive a printed pass only if I have checked-in luggage (or I visit the counter).
    – user63373
    Mar 3, 2019 at 13:16
  • That is why I did not close as a duplicate.
    – Willeke
    Mar 3, 2019 at 13:17
  • Did they attach tags for your checked bags to the printed pass? Mar 3, 2019 at 14:22
  • @PatriciaShanahan Yes.
    – user63373
    Mar 3, 2019 at 19:37

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In general, there are multiple possible reason.

  • In some countries, immigration stamps the boarding pass to allow to later verify that you went through them.
  • in some countries, security stamps the pass to allow later to verify that you went through them.
  • you will get little sticky chits for your checked luggage, and they usually get stuck onto the boarding pass (but I have seen them stuck on my passport, which I hate)
  • some companies require you to hand in the paper boarding pass as proof you really flew when filing your expense report
  • their check-in process automatically generates the paper boarding pass, and they hand it to you.

Especially the last one is very common; I usually have an electronic boarding pass, and tell them I don't need a paper pass right in the beginning, and I see them print and discard it anyway.

You can simply toss it if you don't care to have it; but I recommend to keep it until you are on board, just to be sure.

  • The 3rd and 5th reasons appear to fit my case.
    – user63373
    Mar 3, 2019 at 19:49

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