How can I fly if I can't print my electronic ticket at home to take to the airport? My printer is giving out very faded copies.

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    You can ask the airline to print the ticket for you. Or you can save the ticket to a mobile device and have that scanned by the airline when checking-in. – JoErNanO Apr 22 '17 at 17:58
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    What airline and from what airport does the flight depart? – Johns-305 Apr 22 '17 at 18:07
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    You can't print an electronic ticket; at best you can print a summary of the data it contains, for information purposes only. Did you mean boarding pass? – fkraiem Apr 22 '17 at 18:30
  • You don't need to actually print your eticket and bring it to the airport. It is enough to bring your passport and go to the check-in counter. Since the ticker is virtual - they have your reservation (based on your passport number, typically) in their computer. – Benjamin Gruenbaum Apr 22 '17 at 22:46
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    @Calchas: Thanks but that still leaves me wondering what the difference between the two is haha. Like why do you need to bring your paper ticket but not your eticket when both of them are equivalent to the airline? – user541686 Apr 23 '17 at 18:45

With most airlines, you can print your boarding pass for free at the airport, either from an automatic check in terminal, or at a check in desk, or at a bag drop desk. A small number of budget airlines charge for printing boarding passes at the airport, but United Airlines is not one of them.

Alternatively, United Airlines provides an app that enables you to use your smartphone to display the boarding pass. This is usually the most convenient method in my experience.


1: Just print out a poor copy at home, take it to the airport, show it to the check in agent and the agent will replace it with one their machines can scan.

2: Check in online, go to the computer kiosk at the airport, print out new boarding passes.

3: Check in online, ask the baggage check person to print boarding passes because your printer at home is not working.

4: Get the app, but it may not work everywhere, especially at small or foreign airports where United has but one or two flights and shares gates with multiple airlines.


I've not printed my ticket for years. I either have it on my phone, or I just hand over my ID at the checkin counter and tell them the flight I'm on. Zero issues.

In the past two months I've done this for flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Tauranga, Christchurch, Auckland, Bangkok, and Krabi, and they didn't flinch - just looked me/us up and printed out the boarding pass.

If you're concerned, take the faded version to the airport with you as a backup, and if the ticket machines / kiosks exist for your airline, re-print, or go up to the counter and ask for them to re-print. Also check if you can check-in on line first, as it might make the process a little faster.

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