Bengaluru set to become India's first Aadhaar-enabled airport

Highlights

  • Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport is likely to become India's first airport to have Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system.
  • The push to the plan has been given by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), after a two-month pilot project in February.
  • Reportedly, BIAL has set a 325-day deadline to enforce the new Aadhaar system.
  • The project may get implemented by March 2018.
  • All the domestic airlines will be brought on board this new system in 90 days, post Bengaluru enforcement.
  • Passengers boarding for even international flights may able to use this new system by October 2018. 
  • Project is expected to get completed by December 31, 2018.
  • The new system will enhance the real-time authentication of passengers, improve security, speed up clearance and reduce delays at the airport.
  • Additionally, passengers can expect passage through various touch-points to be smooth and stress-free, eliminating the need to present their ID and boarding passes at multiple stages of the airport journey.
  • Moreover, the Aadhaar-enabled verification will boost the security purpose with time-stamped logs for every passenger.
  • Concerned authorities will be able to develop passenger profile if needed in the future for efficiency improvisation purpose.
  • Passengers will not have to provide a paper ticked or boarding pass and ID at multiple checkpoints. 
  • The process will also cut down the waiting time providing seamless access at various points at the airport.