British Airways is to trial a new service allowing passengers to be automatically checked in ahead of their flight.
They say it could revolutionise travel from Gatwick and Heathrow.
The automated service will check in passengers 24 hours before their flight, assign them a seat and send them their boarding pass electronically.
Launching this month, the trial will initially be offered to selected passengers departing from French airports, before being extended in the spring.
If these trials are successful, BA says it will then make the service an option for all customers across the BA network by the end of next year.
BA said “seats will be allocated on an individual basis" and added "if customers wish to change the seat allocated they will be able to do so”.