As the numbers of those taking to flights to reach to their destination increases, the government is now all set to introduce paperless boarding.
It is said that the the new scheme will at least be applicable for domestic flights.
It is said that the government is notifying rules for its ambitious ‘digi yatra’ (DY) project.
It will include travellers requiring to generate a unique DY ID number using the aviation ministry’s portal.
It will then be involving a physical verification during first time use at an airport after which in future passengers will need to give this number while booking tickets and then go paperless for domestic flights at smart airports which do biometric-based verification.
International travel, however, cannot get fully paperless as passports are required to be shown at multiple points like check-in and immigration.
The voluntary biometrics (facial recognition) based access system will kick off with India’s two most tech-savvy airports at Hyderabad and Bangalore, followed by Varanasi, Kolkata, Pune and Vijaywada in the next one to three months.
Other airports may follow suit but the rules are now in place to ensure that passengers who opt for DY get a similar experience at different smart airports.
To be sure, the existing system of showing paper tickets and ID cards will continue at all airports to be used by passengers who do not wish to participate in the voluntary DY.