A boarding pass allows a passenger to board a plane or ship or other mode of transportation; however, it should not be confused with a ticket, which is usually just the record in the airline’s system.
Boarding passes are usually available about 24 hours in advance of departure. It identifies the passenger, airline, flight number, date, scheduled time for departure, and departure and arrival airports. It may also include boarding time, frequent flier program number, boarding priority, and flight time, among other information.
Electronic boarding passes, or “e-boarding passes,” are gaining in popularity as the paper version slowly fades away; these allow passengers to use their handheld devices, such as phones, as their boarding pass.