As per recent reports, it is soon going to be mandatory for travelers to provide a Unique Identification(UID) like PAN Card, Passport or Aadhaar Card to book a flight ticket. This new system is going to be activated by the upcoming three to four months.
The reports clearly state that the people those who will provide their biometric identification through Aadhaar will have to do a scan of iris or finger at the airport while those who share other forms of UID will be provided with a QR Code on personal smartphone, which can be scanned at the airport for further procession. Pundits commented this will allow a hassle-free travel while others those who wish to collect their boarding passes and skip the entire procedure of digital system, they will have the option to do so.
The Civil Aviation Minister of State, Jayant Sinha said that the newly set up technical committee will prepare a white paper on this proposal in 30 days and the stakeholders will be invited after a period of 30 days after the committee presents the paper. Sinha says that there are various ways of securing the unique identification and the best way to do it is to by using Aadhaar, PAN Card or Passport. He has added that as an incentive, passengers will be able to experience a paperless and seamless travel.
While talking about the positive points of this new system, the minister pointed out and said, “If you are using the system, to potentially get through the entire airport you will be able to zip through in 10-15 min versus 20-30 minutes. We think that this will create an incentive for people.” The government will prepare a new setup of rules or Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) which will state that the mandatory requirement for booking a flight ticket will be the Unique Identification. Sinha added that this new system will help in tracking the unruly passengers in the no-fly list. The technical committee is expected to suggest a data-sharing protocol among the airline companies, travel portals, and airports as well as various concessionaires like parking and transportation providers. The minister also mentioned that it will be not mandatory for the airports to execute the digital traveling system.
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