Saturday, December 03, 2016

Reforms in the air: Paper boarding pass, cabin baggage tag to become passé

The paper boarding pass could soon become history at airports, as the aviation security regulator has decided to annul a 1982 rule that made it compulsory for airlines to keep a part of the printout to ascertain the number of passengers who boarded an aircraft.

Electronic boarding passes will come in place of the paper versions under the plan finalised by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), said a senior government official, who did not want to be named. The new rule has the approval of the civil aviation ministry and is likely to be announced in a month's time.

Once it is notified, all that a passenger needs to do is to flash the image of the boarding pass on his mobile phone at security clearing and the gate, where it can be scanned. However, there will still be a provision for paper boarding passes for those who can't produce the electronic pass.
"This rule (on paper boarding pass) is not relevant today because airports have computers and the passes are scanned anyway and that gives a sense on the number of people who have boarded the flight," said the official. "Tearing a part of the boarding pass is not required anymore. The authorities have agreed and soon the requirement will be withdrawn."
The Hyderabad airport already has systems in place for processing e-boarding pass and other airports are looking at it, he said.
03/12/16 Mihir Mishra/The Times Of India
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