Why would you go with the crowd, fall in line or follow a long queue when you can do a self check-in at the airport? These self service check-in machines are a god send and whenever I’m at the airport, I usually use these for faster checkin. No queues, no lines.
So far, I’ve tried Cebu Pacific Air’s (at all major airports around the country) and Air Asia (Terminal 4). But at the Mactan International Airport in Cebu, which is on a transition to a new terminal, there are new self check-in kiosks, around 10, five for Domestic and another five for International departures. Although Cebu Pacific Air’s yellow kiosks are still present, I only saw one at Domestic and I think will be phased out soon.
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These new kiosks will eventually handle all airlines but for now, only Cathay Pacific and Cebu Pacific Air are available. These are located centrally between the two counters, well marked and with its beautiful design, sexy and pleasing to the eyes.
Using one is straight forward and easy and as it is touch screen, very user friendly. It’s also future proof, I think as it will eventually have other services with its capabilities to scan a passport, scan a QR code and even an ID which I think has future uses. But as of now, it’s basically a check-in machine using touch screen input.
As I was flying with Cebu Pacific Air, I just followed the on-screen instructions for the airline, which is just the same with the one at their yellow kiosks. You can check-in with these machines within a minute or two.