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Soon, travellers can use facial recognition biometric to enter airports

Digi Yatra initiative seeks to promote paperless and hassle-free air travel. It is biometrics-based digital processing system for passenger entry and related requirements at the airport

New Delhi: Starting next year, passengers may no longer need their ID proofs, Aadhaar card or boarding pass for their air travel. Travellers will be able to enter airports in the country with facial recognition biometric under the government’s Digi Yatra initiative.

The government Thursday unveiled the Digi Yatra initiative under which the flyers can soon use facial recognition technology to enter the airport.

Calling the initiative “forward-looking and futuristic,” Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said the facial recognition biometric facility will be available at major airports in the country soon.

The system will be in addition to the current process and is not mandatory, Prabhu said. Only the interested passengers can opt for the biometrics-based digital processing system for passenger entry and related requirements at the airport. The Digi Yatra platform would be operational by February 2019, according to the ministry.

Digi Yatra initiative seeks to promote paperless and hassle-free air travel. It is biometrics-based digital processing system for passenger entry and related requirements at the airport.

Under the ‘digi yatra’ initiative, the civil aviation ministry is looking to make “boarding pass and security interactions” digital. The introduction of biometric self-boarding technology is aimed at transforming passenger experience and creating a future-ready airport.

Earlier this month, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) inked a pact with the Lisbon-based digital and biometric solutions services provider Vision-Box to implement the paperless air travel.

The first phase of the rollout will be completed in the first quarter of 2019, with Jet Airways, Air Asia and SpiceJet passengers as the first users, Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) said in a release.

The technology will identify passengers by their face as they move across the airport, avoiding stops and the repeated presentation of boarding passes, passports or other physical identity documents.

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