Centre unveils Digi Yatra initiative

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New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday unveiled the Digi Yatra initiative to ensure hassle-free air travel. Under this system, travellers will soon be able to enter airports in the country with facial recognition biometrics.

Digi Yatra initiative will be using a valid identification proof including voter card, driving license, Aadhaar among others. The ID would be shared by passengers at the time of booking tickets and then after the one-time verification process at the airport, the passenger’s face will be used as identity and boarding pass.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said the initiative would be “forward-looking and futuristic” and would be launched soon. Passengers can voluntarily choose whether they want to opt for facial recognition biometric for air travel, added Prabhu.

The Digi Yatra platform would be operational by February 2019, according to the ministry.

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