So, by the way, again with the boarding pass stamp. This time it was even stranger. AerLingus.com had invited me to check in online, and to print a two-page boarding pass. There was a gate copy, and a passenger copy. Both displayed this instruction:
Proceed directly to your gate? On an international flight? OK, whatever.
But of course when I got to security, nothing doing. They sent me back to the ticket counter to get my boarding pass stamped. When I got there, they just tore up the passes I’d printed and issued me a new one. Which was…wait for it…not stamped.
It’s baffling. Mostly, I felt sorry for the developers who worked hard to put together a smooth interaction that leads to a very nice-looking boarding pass which, apparently unbeknownst to them, has no purpose whatsoever.