Facial recognition in airports from February

The Digi Yatra initiative which will allow passengers to use facial recognition biometric to enter airports has been announced.

Chennai: The government announced the Digi Yatra initiative, which will facilitate passengers to enter airports using facial recognition on Thursday afternoon. It will be voluntary and will be available from February 2019, according to PT, quoting the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu called the initiative “forward-looking and futuristic”, and said it would promote paperless and hassle-free air travel. All airlines, airports and civil aviation services are on board with the plan.

“Many times people keep complaining that there are so many boarding passes to be stamped – this will eliminate that process. For those who choose this, the only way they will be identified at airports will be using facial recognition and biometric capturing,” said Prabhu.