In yet another step towards revolutionising air travel, the authorities may soon do away with paper boarding pass and cabin luggage tag, a report said.
According to a report in English daily, the aviation security regulator has decided to annul a 1982 rule that made it compulsory for airlines to keep a part of the printout to ascertain the number of passengers who boarded an aircraft.
Electronic boarding passes will come in place of the paper versions under the plan finalised by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), an unnamed senior government official told media.
The new rule has the approval of the civil aviation ministry and is likely to be announced in a month’s time, the report said.
Once it is notified, all that a passenger needs to do is to flash the image of the boarding pass on his mobile phone at security clearing and the gate, where it can be scanned. However, there will still be a provision for paper boarding passes for those who can’t produce the electronic pass.
The report also said that the requirement of cabin baggage tag too would be abolished. The Central Industrial Security Force, which is in charge of security at airports, has agreed to this plan that it had previously opposed.
Doing away with paper is one of many changes that the aviation security regulator is looking at to ease the processes for both passengers and airlines.