An electronic ticket, or e-ticket is a ticket that is used as an alternative to paper tickets. 92 percent of all airline tickets issued worldwide were according to an estimate by the International Air Transport Association in December 2007 e- tickets.
Basically, two types of e- tickets must be distinguished. The most common are e- tickets, which serve as a paperless replacement for a ticket or entrance card, but no driving or ticket in the strict sense, but rather a confirmation email. For this the customer's identity and its ( travel ) data is registered when purchasing an e-ticket. When redeeming the booking confirmation he has to prove his identity and then have the real driving or ticket, service, or - handed the boarding pass - in case of a flight booking. Real E-Tickets provide contrast full ticket dar.
E- tickets in public transport
In the meantime public transport real e- tickets are used (see eTicket Germany ). Here the ticket exists only as a data set, which is stored encrypted on a smart card. To check the authenticity of such e-tickets that the inspector requires an electronic reading device with security module (Secure Application Module SAM), which is able to decrypt the e-ticket.
E- Tickets are largely forged. In the variant in which the e-ticket will be exchanged for a paper ticket, place a check in the database instead of the publisher. In a real e-ticket, however, the electronic encryption makes it difficult to fake.
An online ticket is not an e - ticket, but a real ticket. The same applies to tickets that must be printed at check-in.
For e- tickets for the transportation sector, there is a Germany -wide standard: the VDV core application.
Area of application
E- tickets are the most widely used in aviation, but also in all other areas of public transport, as well as tickets to be found at trade shows and other major events. Electronically encrypted e- Tickets are currently including in the transport association Rhein -Ruhr transport association Rhein -Sieg, in the Rhine- Main Transport Association, the KreisVerkehr Schwäbisch Hall, the regional public transport network, transport Berlin-Brandenburg and at Stadtwerke Augsburg used.