You may not need boarding passes to check in on flights anymore. Soon, many airports will do away with the boarding pass and passengers can get security clearance by simply looking into a camera. The airports will have automated facial recognition system for passenger boarding process.
The process, under the Prime Minister Narendra’s Digi Yatra initiative, will be carried out at the four PPP metro airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Earlier, the state-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) chose three airports, including Varanasi, Vijayawada and Kolkata, to implement a biometric access system for passenger boarding process.
In June, it was reported that Varanasi airport will soon become the first airport to have an automated facial recognition system for passenger boarding process.
“Automated walkthrough security scanners equipped with facial recognition technology are being installed at the airport’s entry, security and boarding points,” the airport director AK Rai was quoted as saying by The Hindustan Times report.
The camera will scan the passenger’s face and verify his or her credentials and will give security clearance. This process will save time as there will be no need for the passenger to wait in the line at the security gate waiting for the clearance.
The biometric access system project would be carried out on a pilot basis at the three airports.