- The government is set to introduce the “Digi Yatra” facility to ease passenger travel by one-time verification at an airport.
- The “Digi Yatra” facility, which is voluntary, would require passengers to initially register themselves at a web portal by providing an identity proof.
3.The individual’s facial identity would then be captured and mapped onto a newly created “Digi Yatra” profile and a distinct identification number would be generated after one-time verification at an airport.
- Passengers would then have to provide this identification number at the time of purchasing an air ticket, to avail the paperless access facility.
- The “Digi Yatra” programme would comply with the European Union’s Data Protection Regulation.
- Significance of the initiative:
- The biometric-enabled digital processing of passengers, would enable travellers to enter the airport building by scanning a QR code on their mobile phones, after undergoing facial recognition.
- Once inside the airport, a passenger would be able to self check-in, drop baggage, pass through e-gates to access security and embarkation areas with just a facial scan, thus obviating the need to produce a boarding pass at every step.
- However, travellers would still have to undergo mandatory security checks including frisking.