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e Is For Eventually

Will e-tickets ever be fully functional?

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This story appears in the March 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Electronic tickets were supposed to simplify our trips, lessen our worries and save trees in the process. Instead, they often create more problems than they solve. Troubles with transferability, concerns about fraud and other technological glitches have stopped many frequent travelers from going ticketless.

All that could change. In April, a new company called EncrypTix will start giving you the option of printing encrypted airline tickets and boarding passes from a PC. Ultimately, its vision is to store encoded ticket information on cell phones or personal digital assistants and "beam" it to gate agents. "Acceptance and trust of wireless devices will soon prevail," predicts Jim Rowan, the company's founder and CEO. "It's just a matter of time."

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