Soon, air travellers will be able to enter Indian airports with a facial recognition biometric and can do away with the cumbersome boarding passes. Under the government’s Digi Yatra initiative, travellers will soon be able to enter airports in the country with facial recognition biometric. The mechanism will be voluntary and will come into force by February 2019, PTI reported, quoting the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Seeking to promote paperless and hassle-free air travel, Prabhu said the initiative would be "forward-looking and futuristic.
The system will facilitate entry of passengers and other procedure at airports using biometrics-based digital system. “Many times people keep complaining that there are so many boarding passes to be stamped – this will eliminate that process,” Prabhu said. For those who choose this, the only way they will be identified at airports will be using facial recognition and biometric capturing.