Monday, July 18, 2022

Paperless biometric-based boarding to start at Bangalore & Varansi from August 15

New Delhi: The first phase of Digi Yatra — completely paperless boarding of domestic flights (international requires passports) — will be rolled out at the Bengaluru and Varanasi airports from August 15, 2022.

Five other airports — Pune, Vijayawada, Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad — will see Digi Yatra get operational by next March. The Airports Authority of India will identify other airports where this would be implemented in phases.

Union Aviation minister J M Scindia held a meeting on this project whose rollout as delayed by Covid. “Discussed the workings of ‘Digi Yatra’, our maiden project to digitalise processing of travellers at airports. Kicking off phase 1 at Bengaluru and Varanasi airports on August 15,” Scindia Tweeted.

Digi Yatra aims to achieve contactless, seamless processing of passengers at airports, based on facial recognition technology (FRT).

“The project basically envisages that any traveller may pass through various check points at the airport through a paperless and contactless processing, using facial features to establish the identity which would be linked to the boarding pass,” the aviation ministry said in a statement.

Scindia says privacy issues have been taken care of in the system. “It provides for a decentralised mobile wallet-based identity management platform which is cost effective and addresses privacy/data protection issues in implementation of Digi Yatra,” the statement said.

18/07/22 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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