Home Government and Policy 'Digi yatra': Say goodbye to boarding pass, 'smile' to board your flight from April onward

‘Digi yatra’: Say goodbye to boarding pass, ‘smile’ to board your flight from April onward

By next April, passengers on domestic air routes will simply have to flash their smiles to board their flights at 6 airports in the country. Taking digitisation drive to another level, passengers’ smile will become their boarding pass for domestic flights at 2 airports i.e Hyderabad and Bengaluru by the end of February 2019 and 4 other airports Pune, Vijaywada, Varanasi and Kolkata will join the list by April 2019. “Passengers will be taken at face value” said Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu on Thursday while unveiling government’s ‘Digi Yatra’ project.

Aviation secretary R N Choubey said facial recognition system will be operational first for these 6 airports and based on the learnings gathered from the experience, it will be implemented across the country in a phased manner. Delhi and Mumbai airports are next in line to be equipped with this system. The other Airports Authority of India (AAI) airports will get the system under which hassle-free boarding of domestic flights will be a reality.

Flyers wanting to opt for voluntary DY service will need to generate a unique digi yatra ID by giving their details on aviation ministry portal and give this unique ID at the time of booking air tickets. On their first visit to the airport after getting a DY-number linked air ticket, flyers will have to furnish their ID credentials used to generate unique ID to get it verified. Those who are willing to share their Aadhaar details can complete the verification online. Once successfully verified, the photo of the flyer will be added to the corresponding DY profile in a secure central database.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

According to the government, this move will accelerate the throughput of the passengers at airports, reduce the costs as lesser manpower will be required for verifying IDs and reduce the time flyer usually takes while completing the processes at the airport. The government also feels that this move will further accentuate the capacity augmentation of Indian airports. Union Minister Suresh Prabhu asserted that the facial data of passengers who opt for DY will be absolutely safe.

“A non-profit JV company will be formed with AAI and PPP airports as stakeholders. This company will own and secure the DY platform where flyers’ data will be saved. Airports opting for facial recognition will need to take data from this JV, where AAI will have less than 50% stake. The database of three places – DY platform, airlines, and airports – will talk to each other when a passenger uses DY at an airport,” Choubey said.

Jayant Sinha, junior aviation minister, said that they are deliberating on the timelines to see how much before a flight, passengers opting DY have to arrive at the airport. DY aims at reducing congestion at boarding gates and it will grant access to boarding gates only closer to departure time to passengers.

Share This Post With Your Friends & Fans:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Election 2019 Live Updates

Track all the updates on one page as the results and trends trickle in

The Left has lost its deposit. It is time for the Right to fight Modi

Modi 2.0 heralds a new beginning for India and her people. It must not be allowed to cultivate the habits of Modi 1.0.
Shehla Rashid remembers 2014, says she had wanted Kejriwal as PM

Shehla Rashid loses it early on counting day, says “Felt like a Muslim when ‘mass murderer’ won in 2014”

As early trends show an NDA victory, Shehla Rashid calls him a mass murderer, says she had wanted Arvind Kejriwal as PM in 2014 and she had felt like a 'Muslim'.
NYT peddles Modi 2.0 as victory of India's most divisive leader

Dear New York Times, India has chosen Modi 2.0, deal with it

When India gives a thumping, unprecedented, overwhelming victory to a man who has made every single Indian feel proud of their nation and heritage, the NYT's heartburn is expected. 

The story of BJP’s rise and rise in West Bengal: The story starts not in 2019 but 2017 Ram Navami

History may remember the 23rd of May, 2019 as the day when the future of Bengal Politics changed forever. However, it was on the 5th of April, 2017, on the auspicious day of Ram Navami that the seeds of it were sown.
Rana Ayyub had a meltdown seeing BJP securing an unprecedented victory

Unprecedented Modi victory triggers meltdown for controversial journalist Rana Ayyub

Prospect of a stunning Narendra Modi victory in 2019 Lok Sabha election triggered a mental collapse for controversial journalist Rana Ayyub

Smriti… who? Smriti, the one who gave your brother a run for his money

In a major upset for Congress, BJP's Smriti Irani won the Congress 'family seat' Amethi defeating Congress President Rahul Gandhi by over 50,000 votes

Rahul Gandhi should not fire his data analysis chief, but promote him. Here is why

The divine vision of Praveen Chakravarty, "Big Data" head of Congress, is too precious

Kanhaiya Kumar’s family uses LPG stove to prepare for his victory, contrary to his claims just a few weeks ago

Kanhaiya had claimed that his mother cooked on a Chullah and not on an LPG stove as it was not viable because of being too expensive and also exhausted within 3-4 days.

‘Chup Chaap Kamal Chhaap’: The slogan that changed Bengal politics forever

While Bengal is the land of Maa Durga and Maa Saraswati, 'Jai Shree Ram' soon became a symbol of political protest.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories

Latest articles

Connect with us

164,717FansLike
142,535FollowersFollow
64,625SubscribersSubscribe
Share This Post With Your Friends & Fans: