As Aadhaar no becomes mandatory for all government related activities, booking tickets for travel particularly on sky may be an easiest one by using your Aaadhar no soon.
Official sources say that the Aviation ministry has asked IT backend support major Wipro to develop a blueprint for Aadhaar-based biometric access to flyers at all airports across India. Wipro is expected to give the report by early May and then airports will begin the process of a passenger’s thumb being all the identification the Indian traveller requires to fly for domestic flights as international ones will need passports.
The ministry had been considering with the idea of linking Aadhar numbers to air travel bookings and then enabling biometric access possible at airports. The move towards taking a concrete step in this direction came at a recent meeting of various airport operators and airlines with aviation minister Jayant Sinha and aviation secretary R N Choubey.
The idea, AAI chief, said is that passengers give their Aadhar numbers at the time of booking tickets. “Once they reach the airport they are flying out of, flyers can just keep their thumb on touch pad at entry point. Once inside, a similar process can be repeated at other places like check-in. We want passengers to have as seamless and effortless travel experience at airports as possible,” Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman Mohapatra told the press.
“It was felt a joint system be developed that can be replicated by all airports. Wipro has been asked to develop a concept note in this regard after consulting all stakeholders, including the JV airport operators. We are seeing what all airport processes can be made e-enabled,” Airports Authority of India Mohapatra said.
For security reasons, flyers in India have to show an ID card along with their tickets to be allowed inside airport terminals.