Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hi-tech boarding system suspended at KIA till Aug 25

Bengaluru:  The biometric-based self-boarding system at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), that enables passengers to breeze through security checks, has been put on hold till August 25. Stringent security checks have been cited as the reason for suspending this passenger amenity, late last week.

The Digi Yatra project, ‘Early Go Live’ by airport operator Banglaore International Airport Limited (BIAL) was launched on June 22 for passengers of one Vistara flight, the UK864 from Bengaluru to Mumbai. Seamless and quick passage for a passenger from registration to boarding was its USP.

A BIAL spokesperson told The New Indian Express, “Due to enhanced security measures at the KIA there has been congestion at check-in during peak hours. To enable the security agencies to allocate adequate manpower and facilitate movement of passengers through the terminal, the Digi Yatra trial would be on hold until August 25, 2019. This is a temporary suspension of this trial and is not expected to have an impact on the overall roll-out.”

Sources at Vistara confirmed that the usage of the biometric technology-based security clearance was cancelled last week.
14/08/19 S Lalitha/New Indian Express

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