Allowing passengers to display their flight ticket on their smartphone instead of having to carry a printout, was a good move. It's necessary to show it to get into the airport and to get the boarding pass. For trains and bus, it's necessary to show it to a ticket checker.
If the phone is lost or stops working, what valid options do we have to be allowed to travel? Can we:
- Show a piece of paper with the ticket number or reservation number written on it with a pen, and show our photo id card as proof?
- Store the PDF of the ticket on Google Drive, write the hyperlink on a piece of paper before the trip and in the emergency situation, request a co-passenger to type and open that hyperlink, to show the ticket checker?
I'm sure the authorities would have thought of some backup plan for such situations (and also thought of a way to ensure that it doesn't get misused, for example by someone who happens to know the ticket number).
Do you know anyone who has been through this situation? Is there any other valid option that is considered acceptable, or should we carry a printout just to be safe? I'm asking both for travel in India and when vacationing internationally.