Sunday, August 26, 2018

Long queues in airports might be a thing of the past; here is how

The long queues at entry, check-in counters and boarding gates at airports could be a thing of the past. Soon, flyers can use their facial identity for swift and hassle-free movement inside airports. The ministry of civil aviation is planning to roll out this paperless travel scheme, called DigiYatra, starting January next year, with a pilot project at Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi airport.

“ DigiYatra is planned for four AAI Airports (Kolkata, Vijaywada, Varanasi and Pune) in the first phase. The pilot project at Varanasi is expected to take off in January 2019. The facility at these phase-1 airports will be available by July 2019,” Airport Authority of India (AAI) chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told FE. For this, airport operators will form a joint venture to steer the DigiYatra project.

A passenger opting for digital travel needs to enrol for the DigiYatra portal, creating a unique ID. This special number would contain details like name and email ID of the air travellers. The DigiYatra ID will also form part of the travel ticket. As per government officials, a passenger’s image captured at the airport will facilitate movement throughout the travel lifecycle.
26/08/18 Arun Nayal/Financial Express