Boarding pass stamping may soon be passe for domestic flyers. Domestic flyers travelling with just handbags may soon be able to straight to security checkpoints at major airports.
Boarding pass stamping may soon be passe for domestic flyers
Boarding pass stamping may soon be passe for domestic flyers. Soon, domestic passengers flying out of Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Delhi won’t need to get their boarding passes stamped “security checked”. CISF’s Head of Airport Security, MA Ganapathy, on July 18 wrote to the CEOs of all three airports to stop the stamping of boarding passes of domestic flyers.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has proposed a pilot project to be conducted at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru airports wherein domestic flyers will not have to get their boarding passes stamped ‘security checked’, the system is already available at the Hyderabad airport.
How will the new pilot project work?
# The pilot project is proposed to be carried out at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) Terminal 2 for domestic passengers of Air India, Jet Airways, and Vistara.
# Under this project, the CISF aims to permanently eliminate the process of stamping boarding cards.
# The pre-embarkation security check (PESC) area will have HD CCTVs to capture a clear picture of passengers as well as security personnel frisking them.
# Passengers will have to scan the barcode on their boarding passes on the e-gate reader.
# Once the details are authenticated with the airline’s database, passengers will be allowed through the gate one person at a time and the gate won’t open for international passengers.
# The system proposed by CSIA will deny access if a boarding card’s unique barcode is used by someone else to enter the PESC again.
# Once inside, CISF personnel will frisk and clear passengers without stamping their boarding pass, which will be scanned at each stage – entering, clearing and at the boarding gate.
# The next gate will allow access only if the previous stages have been cleared.
Most airports in the developed world, including those with a high threat perception, do not stamp boarding cards. India is also planning to completely digitize travel experience, at least for domestic flyers as international ones need to carry their passports.
Once the bar code scanning system is tested and cleared, the next stage will be showing boarding cards on personal electronic devices like smartphones or tablets and boarding domestic flights in a paperless manner.