United is the First US Airline to Support Apple’s Live Activity Feature

by Anthony Losanno
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United Airlines announced today that it is the first US airline to use Apple’s new Live Activity feature for iPhone. With it, United’s iPhone app will display relevant, live information about an individual’s flight from the lock screen without having to unlock the phone.

United passengers check their boarding passes and flight details around 800,000 times daily. This new feature makes this even easier. Apple announced Live Activities as part of iOS 16 in June 2022 and it’s now starting to roll it out for users. Live Activities allows those using the United iPhone app to see live flight updates, flight details, and alerts right on the Lock Screen or in the Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max phones.

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United’s Chief Customer Office, Linda Jojo, commented:

We’re seeing soaring demand for travel this summer, and Live Activities puts all the flight information you need right at your fingertips, whether your iPhone is locked or you’re doing something else like checking email, listening to music or texting friends. This new feature is another way United is leveraging technology to improve our customers’ travel journey. It’s going to save passengers a lot of time, and we think they’re going to love it, especially during a busy travel season.”

The update should be available for most iPhone users starting today, but the complete rollout will occur by the end of May. Live Activities is only available on iPhones running iOS 16.1 or later.

Anthony’s Take: United has one of the best apps of any airline. As much as I criticize other aspects of United’s offering, the app is solid and United is continuously looking for ways to add more functionality and capabilities to it.

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