A smile is all that you’ll need to board your next domestic flight.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has notified rules for its ambitious project ‘Digi Yatra (DY)’ wherein a domestic flyer will be able to board a flight with biometric-based verification.
Travellers will be required to generate a unique DY ID number through the aviation ministry’s website. According to DGCA chief BS Bhullar, passengers can create their unique DY ID using any of the government-issued identification cards.
After a mandatory initial physical security check, passengers will be required to give the unique number while booking tickets in the future.
After this, passengers will be able to go paperless for flights to domestic sectors at airports which are equipped with biometric-based verification.
Facial recognition (voluntary biometrics) access system will be a reality soon in the next two to three months.
The system will kick off first at the Hyderabad and Bangalore airports. Varanasi, Kolkata, Pune and Vijaywada will be the next set of airports to follow suit.
However, if passengers don’t want to opt for the paperless and voluntary method, they may decide to go for the existing system of showing electronic tickets (e-tickets) to the airport staff.
Such reforms will surely enable domestic flyers to have a smooth journey in the coming months.