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Denver airport embraces paperless passes

Denver -- A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said a new program at Denver International Airport allows passengers to use paperless boarding passes.

TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said the program implemented by TSA and United Airlines officials at the Denver airport allows passengers to board using boarding passes downloaded to their mobile phones, The Denver Post reported Friday.

While boarding-pass readers will be able to check the downloaded passes on passengers' mobile phones, all passengers will still be required to provide some form of government-issued identification.

Denver International Airport is one of nearly 40 U.S. airports now taking part in the "Paperless Boarding Pass" pilot program, the Post said.

In addition to United Airlines, other airlines offering the program's services include American, Continental, Alaska and Delta/Northwest.

TSA manager R.C. Treat told the Post thanks to an encrypted bar code, the paperless passes are more secure than traditional paper passes.

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