Saturday, August 24, 2019

Tamil Nadu: Air travellers should show 1 of 5 ID cards

Chennai: Air passengers will now have to show any one of government issued Aadhaar card, driving licence, passport, voter ID or PAN card with address proof document to enter the airport. An Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), in a bid to tighten security, revised its 2017 “list of photo identity proof for security control of departing passengers” and issued a circular to airports and airlines. The earlier circular comprised 10 photo identity documents, including cards issued by educational institutions for students, service ID cards issued by state and central governments and PSUs and others. The new list of approved cards will be included in the ticket, the official said.
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official said people coming to the airport present different kinds of ID cards for entry. “The list will help standardize the documents that need to be presented for entry. It will help the personnel manning the gate to verify them better. We still allow people to enter, especially minors, if there is a certificate from a gazetted officer,” he added. The new circular is part of a move towards introducing DigiYatra scheme under which passengers will be able to travel paperless, he said. “Once passengers register themselves on the website and attach their Aadhaar, they can just walk in by showing their boarding pass,” he added.
24/08/19 Times of India
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