I recently booked a flight from Ireland to America and the email I received contained the following banner:

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How do I check-in for a flight using an e-ticket?

Can I check in with this email open on my phone?

Will all major airports accept an e-ticket?

  • Take a printout or give the reference number of your booking at the check-in desk. Or check-in online using the airline's website.
    – DumbCoder
    Dec 18 '14 at 14:17
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    Basically all tickets on commercial airlines have been "E-tickets" for some years now; this airline appears to be conflating ticket with boarding pass, which is something different.
    – choster
    Dec 18 '14 at 15:50

When I first read your question, I thought you might be referencing mobile-checkin, which is starting to become popular. As I looked into your question, I think this is just fancy wording for the ability to show your email at a checkin counter, where they will pull up your info and print your boarding pass.

Taken from wikipedia electronic ticket:

To check in for a flight with an e-ticket, the passenger usually goes to the check-in counter in the usual manner. There they may be required to present some personal identification, a credit card or the e-ticket itinerary receipt. Theoretically it is not even necessary to present the e-ticket itinerary receipt document or quote the confirmation code or e-ticket number as the reservation is confirmed solely on the basis of the passenger's identity, which may be proven by a passport or the matching credit card. However, producing a print-out of the itinerary receipt is required to enter the terminal of some airports as well as to satisfy immigration regulations in most countries.

At the check-in counter, the passenger checks-in his/her luggage and receives a boarding pass. However, electronic ticketing allows various enhancements to checking-in.

If your ticket does give you a barcode with a seat number (like below), then you can use this as your actual boarding pass. TSA and the gate attendants just ask to place your mobile device on their scanner. I typically use this for domestic flights in the states, but I haven't seen this for international flights from the US.

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    FYI I have seen qr code tickets (and used them) in international flights across Europe.
    – JoErNanO
    Dec 18 '14 at 21:11
  • Same in Asia, electronic tickets on Cellphone screen are common for international flights.
    – uncovery
    Dec 19 '14 at 3:56
  • FYI Emirates has this for their flights departing from Dubai (and only Dubai). Dec 19 '14 at 13:38

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