Delta Airlines' e-ticket is an electronic reservation embedded with a record locator number for a passenger's designated trip on U.S. domestic and most international flights. E-tickets are mandatory under the directives of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since June 2008 for its airline members.


The U.S. Patent Office issued a patent in 1998 for an “electronic ticketing and reservation system and method” to its inventor, Joel R. Goheen. The format of the e-ticket in the original patent went through several retrofits before its operational status.


A Delta e-ticket confirmation number is issued immediately once a flight reservation is booked and paid for. If the reservation is made by phone or through a travel agent, a Delta reservation number is given and a copy of the reservation is mailed to the passenger.

On-Line Check-In Procedure

Domestic Delta flight passengers, not requiring luggage check-in, can pre-print their boarding passes online with their SkyMiles number, credit card/debit card, or e-ticket number by going to “MyTrips” on the official website of Delta ( or the Fly Delta app on your mobile device. The traveler following this process can skip the curbside kiosk and check-in desk and will only need to pass through security to the gate of departure once arriving at the airport.


The Fly Delta app is a great tool for flight booking, online check-in, and staying updated on changes in your flight. Through the mobile app, you can check flight status, flight number, scheduled departure time for your one-way or round trip.. You can even book flights from first class to basic economy from the comfort of your own home.

Airport Procedures

Passengers will need to go to the Delta staffed ticket counters at the airport if they have checked bags. The passenger must present the electronic flight ticket reservation booking code to the agent and in turn be issued their boarding pass and luggage check.