Soon the tiring serpentine queues for paper boarding passes will be long gone. Well, it’s good news for the passengers who opt for domestic air travel.

The Centre has notified rules for the ‘Digi Yatra’ (DY) project, to make ticket booking, airport entry and boarding pass security check-in, totally digital with the new initiative.

However, the facility will be accessible for domestic flight boarding alone.

According to reports, passengers are required to generate a unique Digi Yatra ID on the aviation ministry portal instead of a boarding pass.

In a one-time process, once their unique ID is created, travellers will be able to use this ID for ticket booking and paperless boarding in future.

The air traveller will have to undergo physical verification at the airport when they first use this ID.

Since the process needs a biometric-based verification system, this facility will only be available for domestic flights at smart airports.

The facility will be unavailable for international travels since passport verification is required at multiple points like immigration and check-in.

The Digi Yatra facility is a voluntary service. For people who do not wish to avail the service, the existing ticket checking and verification will remain available.

Earlier last year, Union minister Suresh Prabhu said, “With this system, a passenger’s biometrics such as your facial or iris will be captured once he enters the airport and the person will be able to go through a full-lifecycle of travel barring security.”

The facility is set to kick-off in Banglore and Hyderabad airports, two of India’s most tech-savvy airports. Vijayawada, Pune, Kolkata and Varanasi airports are expected to follow the suit within three months.

DGCA chief B S Bhullar’s order stated that passengers who wish to create the unique ID can do so using passport, voter photo ID issued by Election Commission, PAN card, driving license issued by RTO, service photo ID card issued by state/central government, public sector undertakings, local bodies or public limited companies. Student photo ID card issued by government institutions or government recognized educational systems can also be used. Bank passbook with attested photograph, pension card and disability photo ID card can also be used to create the ID.

The order further stated, “The DY ID created will be authenticated during the first travel by the passenger at a DY-enabled departing airport. In the authentication process, the ID of the passenger will be verified and validated by an authorised security officer and activate the DY ID.”

The airlines are required to share passenger data including DY ID, biometric boarding system minimum six hours before the scheduled departure of the flight. The information will be shared on a secure link for ticket and ID validation.

After the completion of the passenger validation process, the e-gates will automatically recognise the flight number and passengers will receive the access.

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