Alaska Airlines is in the "early stages" of exploring a self-boarding system that lets passengers scan their own boarding passes at the gates.
Spokeswoman Bobbie Egan confirmed that the airline is exploring a pilot program at a single airport. No details yet on timing or which airport the Seattle-based airline might use.
Alaska introduced do-it-yourself, checked-bag tagging in June.
Delta Air Lines recently tested a self-service turnstile for boarding planes in Atlanta and Las Vegas. Some airlines in Asia and Europe, including Lufthansa, already use automated systems to scan boarding passes. Details here in this week's Travel Wise column in The Seattle Times.