DOJ: No Need for Printed Plane Tickets when Travelling

Good news! Travellers do not need to print their electronic tickets anymore! This is a new policy of Operations Order No. SBM-2013-003, entitled “Removing the Requirement of Presentation of the Printed Hard Copy of Return and/or Onward Passage Ticket,” which is dated August 12,2013.

According to the statement of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, “This is another step to improve access to basic government services. We shall continue to work with all stakeholders to inject common sense and process logic into our systems.”

With this new policy, passengers in all international ports of entry and exit in the country may present their electronic tickets using their smartphone or tablets. From my experience, Air Asia does not require you to have printed copy when checking in. You just need the booking code and you are ready to go. This is a good policy being implemented by our government given the fast development of technology. So next time you travel, you just need to present the itinerary in your email via your phone or tablet.

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