We’re all aware of the hassles one has to go through to check in and board their flights. Long, tedious procedures and even longer security checks mean that you have to reach the airport a good hour and a half before your actual flight time. Soon, this time could be cut down as you may no longer have to use paper based boarding passes. Instead, the IGI airport would use high technology and facial biometrics to let you get into the aircraft.

In a new move that is under consideration by DIAL ( Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd) and private airline Vistara, they plan to make use of high-end facial biometric scanners that will allow us to check in without any sort of paper waste. If the two agencies deem the results to be good, then DIAL will carry out the work required to implement it on a wider basis in Terminal 3 and subsequently on other terminals.

The development comes as part of a larger scheme that is being implemented on a nationwide basis. Titled “Digi Yatra” (DY), this endeavour aims to make travels in not just aircrafts more modern but in railways as well. Airports in Bangalore and Hyderabad have already begun the process of installing facial biometrics.

Not only does the facial biometric check in and boarding technology help with paperless travels, but it also ensures a safer and more secure authentication process when it comes to scanning passengers. The flights themselves will become safer as a result of this change.

To avail of the DY facilities, travellers will get an option they’ll have to choose at the time of booking their flights. For those that do not wish to partake in this, the option of using the regular paper and ID check in will be available. Those that opt for DY check in will be given a unique ID that will be scanned at the airport. Authorities haves stated that it will also be much faster than the current method for check in.

We’re glad to see that IGI airport is constantly changing the game and is providing us more convenience and options as far as getting on the plane is concerned. As of now, the technology is only being implemented on a domestic basis but could soon become a necessity in international travels as well.

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