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The move will be rolled out for domestic passengers travelling from Terminal 2. Terminal 1 will also be upgraded shortly. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint
The move will be rolled out for domestic passengers travelling from Terminal 2. Terminal 1 will also be upgraded shortly. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

Mumbai airport to stop stamping boarding passes

Passengers can authenticate their boarding passes by scanning its barcode or QR code with their mobile phones

Mumbai: India’s second busiest airport, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), on Monday said it will soon do away with physical stamping of boarding passes by security personnel for domestic passengers.

Passengers travelling within the country from Terminal 2 can authenticate their boarding pass at the pre-embarkation security check points by scanning its barcode or QR code with their mobile phones at the e-gates reader, using Live Passenger Dataset, Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), the company that operates the Mumbai airport, said in a statement.

This authentication will eliminate the responsibility of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel to stamp boarding passes.

It will save time, provide a “harmonious experience" to passengers, and improve the overall throughput of the security check procedure, MIAL added.

A MIAL spokesperson said the required permissions are expected to be in place from CISF in a week’s time. “We have the e-gates ready at Terminal 2, and will eliminate stamping of boarding passes by security personnel as soon as we get the go ahead."

The MIAL spokesperson said that Terminal 1 will also be upgraded shortly.

The move by the Mumbai airport is in line with the government’s Digi Yatra initiative, which aims to make ticket booking, airport entry and boarding pass security check-in digital.

Digi Yatra will also enable facial recognition technology for passengers to enter airports and promote paperless and hassle-free air travel.

Under this scheme, passengers will be asked for one-time verification at the departure airport, while travelling for the first time using a valid identity proof.

After verification, facial recognition biometric will be captured and stored in the Digi Yatra ID.

This initiative is expected to be rolled out across all major Indian airports.

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