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Rajiv Gandhi International Airport launches facial recognition system

In just three days, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad has garnered quite a reaction with the launch of a pilot facial recognition system. In the works for over six months, the initiative titled ‘Digi Yatra’ aims to promote paper-less travel and reduce the repetitive identity checks at multiple points in an airport. Hyderabad airport ran the system as a trial run from 1-3 July and had 180 participants sign up voluntarily. The trials were only valid for those passengers travelling to a handful of cities that include Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru , Chennai, Vizag and Vijaywada. 

If the system is established, passengers will be able to breeze through entry points, security check and boarding procedures. The system will also enable them to facilitate self-bag drops. If Hyderabad airport introduces the facial recognition system, it will be the first in the country to have done so. 

How will the biometric boarding pass work?

Passengers can apply for a Digit Yatra ID by providing the Ministry of Civil Aviation with a form of government-issued ID and other details such as a phone number and email. You then use this Digital Yatra ID when booking your flights and the airline passes your details on to the relevant airport you are flying from. The first time you use the Digital Yatra ID, you have to verify your identity at the airport. Your face and the other information you provide will be saved as part of your Digital Yatra ID on a database. Every time after that you should then be able to fly without ever presenting any form of ID at the airport. The system is designed to help passengers as well as airlines by minimising delays caused by passengers lost in the airport terminal.