The Narendra Modi government is looking to make your travelling experience much smoother. Aviation ministry is mulling a digi yatra – a completely paperless aircraft boarding – through the use of a mobile phone in all domestic airports. According to The Times of India report, for this the government is linking the databases of airlines and airports with passenger IDs such as Aadhaar and passport numbers. R N Choubey, aviation secretary, said that once this is properly implemented passengers can enter the airport using their biometrics and will not have to show the ID cards, as per TOI. With the linked database, airport authority can also monitor whether the passenger has been through check-in and security check gates before being allowed access to the boarding gate.
Choubey said special units have been set up in Airports Authority of India for giving shape to this ‘digi yatra’ programme. He said Airport operators, especially from Bengaluru and Hyderabad, have completed a lot of work in this regard. The indicative cost of the project and time frame for implementation will soon be known, he added, according to ToI. Airport officials said this process will allow the passengers to have access to the boarding gate only closer to the flight departure time and will cut the crowding by passengers at the boarding gates, the report said.
The aviation secretary has said the airlines will also be able to know the last level the missing flyer, in case he does not report for boarding in time. This process will also help to do away with the current practice of stamping “security checked” on physical boarding cards, the report added.