Published: 26th November 2019
Soon, you can fly out of Chennai airport without a boarding pass. Here's how!
Under the Digi Yatra initiative, a passenger will first have to get a unique ID by registering on the Digi Yatra portal using an approved ID proof document such as Aadhaar, PAN or driving licence
Passengers travelling from Chennai airport won't be requiring boarding pass, flight ticket or any paper to travel as Airport Authority of India is likely to implement Digi Yatra by 2021, according to Chennai Airport Director S Sreekumar.
Sreekumar told Express that Digiyatra is being rolled out as pilots in Vijaywada, Varanasi, Kolkata and Pune by the Airport Authority of India. "In the south, once it is being implemented in Vijaywada, we will be studying how successful the model is and tweak it if required and then implement it in Chennai Airport. Positively by 2021," he said.
Digi Yatra is a government initiative for digital processing of passengers at the airports. Passengers would be automatically processed based on facial recognition system at check points such as entry point check, entry in to Security Check, aircraft boarding, additionally this would also facilitate self-bag drop and check-in, using facial recognition to identify passenger and data recall.
Under the Digi Yatra initiative, a passenger will first have to get a unique ID by registering on the Digi Yatra portal using an approved ID proof document such as Aadhaar, PAN or driving licence.
Once this step is completed, the passenger will have to go through a one-time facial verification at an e-gate at the airport’s departure terminal. Following this, the details will be stored on a centralized registration system and thereafter, the passenger’s face will act as the boarding pass. Then, the passenger after dropping off baggage, if any, can directly proceed for security check.
The paperless biometric technology or Digiyatra has already been implemented in Bangalore and Hyderabad airports. Trials have also started in Delhi airport. The system will prevent fake tickets or passengers using boarding pass of some other passenger.