Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu recently released the policy on the biometric-based digital processing of passengers at airports called “Digi Yatra”.
Digi Yatra initiative aims to promote paperless and hassle-free air travel. There would be one-time verification at the departure airport while traveling for the first time using the ID. After successful verification, facial recognition biometric would be captured and stored in the Digi Yatra ID.
With the Digi Yatra initiative ticket booking, airport entry, boarding pass security and check-in will go digital.
DigiYatra Central Platform will be operational by end of February 2019. Bangalore and Hyderabad International Airports will be ready with pilot implementation by end of February 2019.
The Airport Authority of India (AAI) intends to roll out the programme initially at Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune & Vijayawada by April 2019.
DigiYatra will provide a pan-India powerful platform for the future, with Airports having the possibility of providing innovative services and consent-based targeted services in the future.