‘Your Face Is Now Your Boarding Pass’: Now Self-boarding Through Biometric Passes

Just a few times back, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Hyderabad launched a facial recognition system under the ‘Digi Yatra’ initiative where a camera confirmed passengers’ faces and let them pass through security checks without conferring any physical IDs. The trial run was conducted from 1-3 July where the voluntary facility was made available to people traveling to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Vizag, and Vijayawada.

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Now, Air passengers at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) now have the option of boarding a flight without producing travel documents at each touchpoint with the KIA rolling out a biometric-based self-boarding facility.

The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the operator of the KIA, is expected to deploy the paperless biometric system at over 350 passenger touchpoints in Terminal 1 with the final phase of the project expected to be completed next year.

The report of Financial Express – the ‘Early Go Live’ process is entirely paperless and involves scanning a flier’s face at the entry to the terminal, passenger security screening, and the boarding gate. Take a look.

Starting July 22, Passengers traveling from Bengaluru to Mumbai on Monday by Vistara were the first to experience paperless travel. By October, this technology will be made available to all Vistara fliers.

Hari Marar, MD & CEO at Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) was quoted saying, “BIAL is extremely excited to roll out this Digi Yatra-based biometric technology that has the potential to make the passenger experience at the BLR Airport seamless, secure and enjoyable. As the gateway to a new India, the BLR Airport would like to be a frontrunner amongst next-generation airport operation.”

This is how this feature works!

Passengers who want to avail of this service will have to first enroll themselves at the airport and get their facial biometrics recorded in specialized cameras at the airport on a one-time basis. Following this, they can use their face as the boarding pass by accessing specialized eGates set up for identity authentication.

With these self-clearance checkpoints at the airport, passenger movement will be faster with lesser queuing. Biometric 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.

This plan is another step in the transforming passenger journeys – unleashing the power of the country’s first all-biometric flow administration, where “your face is your boarding pass”. This is a cool feature to have but not that easy, it will take some times to get fully implement across the nation.

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