The flyers can soon scan their face to board the flight at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. The full-service carrier Vistara is carrying out the trial of the system at Terminal 3 of the airport. Based on the trial result, the biometric facility will soon be expanded to other terminals.
A Vistara spokesperson confirmed the development. “Vistara is working with the Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) to enable the technology in Delhi airport as soon as possible,” he said. There is no official notification from Delhi airport authorities yet.
The integration of facial recognition technology is a part of Central Government’s Digi Yatra program, where the Government intends to make flying a paperless experience. A week before the Bangalore airport rolled out the paperless system that enabled paperless processing at the terminal entry, security screening and boarding gates. A similar template will be followed in Delhi airport as well.
For the period, the Government does not intend to cancel the paper-based system. The system will continue to exist at the airports for the passengers who do not wish to participate in the trial runs.
At the time of making a booking, the passenger has an option to register for a Digi Yatra ID and use the ID to book the ticket. The airline will collect the Digi Yatra ID of the passenger and share it with the departure airport. The airports will have biometric systems where the passengers will only have to scan his e-ticket, and the entry gates and other access points will open upon recognition for passenger’s entry. This saves time and reduces manual intervention to check passenger tickets at various entry points.
The back-end technology for this biometric system has been provided by a global company called Vision-Box, which claims to have set up a privacy-protected information network to assist in this project.