What United’s self boarding machines look like in Boston

United Airlines had its grand opening today for its Boston terminal, which has some airport-of-the-future elements, as we discussed last week. 

Here’s a photograph of one of United’s eight self boarding gates. What do you think? A good move? Given that Los Angeles International Airport is next up on United’s renovation list — a $400 million overhaul is coming — we may see these here in a few years.

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    They use these a bunch in
    Europe already. Problem is that they don’t work all the time and the line is
    always getting hung up. Consequently they have to station someone to help
    everyone get on the plane so it saves the airlines nothing. Basically adds a
    huge cost – they you pay in increased ticket prices – and have no benefit for
    anyone involved. Then there’s the security issue. Overall, it is a very bad
    idea from a penny pinching airline that has turned into the Greyhound of the Skies. In fact, I’d say Greyhound has better service than United.