Government plans to make your air travel 'digital'

You might soon be using just your mobile phone and Aadhaar for air travel minus all that paper work, with the government looking to roll out a digital system for airport entry and subsequent journey requirements.

Under the proposed 'digi yatra' initiative, the civil aviation ministry is looking to make "boarding pass and security interactions" digital.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha has said the ministry is working on the initiative to ensure the whole air travel experience is completely digital.

"Your payment is digital, your boarding and security interactions are digital. That is the digi yatra concept we are working on," he noted.

According to Sinha, under the initiative, there will be no need for any paper and the traveller will be securely identified through Aadhaar number, passport or other documents. "We have a working group established and we are very hopeful of rolling out some of these in the next few months," the minister said.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by industry body CII, Sinha said, "The whole experience would be completely digital so that you wouldn't need any paper and you would be able to book your car to the airport, get into the airport, get a digital boarding pass, board your aircraft, take a car way back and do all of that just with your mobile phone."

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