Aadhaar-linked seamless air travel from 2018

Come 2018 and domestic flyers out of Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Vijaywada will whiz through airports if they link their Aadhaar number to air tickets at the time of booking them. Airports Authority of India will implement the government’s ambitious “digi yatra” programme as a pilot project early next year from these three airports and then roll out this Aadhaar-based seamless travel experience at other airports.

Under the Aadhaar-based system, flyers will use stored biometrics to prove identity to enter terminals; their Aadhaar-linked airline database will show what flight they are booked on and similarly linked airport databases will show they have been through security and allowed access to boarding gate closer to flight departure time. These three processes will eventually eliminate the need to show paper ID cards, paper tickets and boarding cards.

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