Coronavirus: Here's how Bengaluru airport will welcome passengers with contactless experience (Photos)
First Published 23, May 2020, 5:11 PM
Bengaluru: Domestic flight operations are set to resume from Monday (May 25) and Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is ready to welcome back passengers with ‘contactless’ measures. In an effort to protect passengers and staff from the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has introduced a Parking-to-Boarding contactless journey at the airport. Check out how things will be different from Monday at the Bengaluru airport. The following are the new measures from pre-entry to boarding the aircraft and also how it will be after arriving at the airport.
“As the Gateway to a new India, BLR Airport has a key role to play in helping passengers through this global health crisis by reassuring them that their safety is our top priority. We have introduced innovative contactless procedures to minimise exposure at the Airport. These enhancements demonstrate our continued commitment to keep our passengers safe in this environment. We believe our new measures will boost confidence among passengers," said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL).
As part of the new procedures, a passenger must wear a face mask and carry an e-/ printed-boarding pass. At the Departure Gates, the passenger will undergo thermal scan and must show that the Aarogya Setu app on the passengers mobile phone has the ‘you are safe’ message. CISF personnel will verify the boarding pass and Government-issued Photo ID using an electronic device or through a magnified glass screen.
The door mats will be soaked with bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite Solution) at the Terminal entrance to disinfect the shoes. Staff attending to passengers with special needs like wheelchairs, as well as unaccompanied minors, will wear protective gear. Wheelchairs and baby strollers will be sanitised after every use. Trolleys will be sanitised after every use.
Once inside the Terminal, the passenger will scan the boarding pass at a contactless self-service kiosk, collect the baggage tag before proceeding to the airline counter to drop-off luggage. Passengers also have the option of using the assisted baggage drop counter to print and tag their baggage. Initially, a maximum of one hand baggage and one checked-in baggage will be allowed, as mandated by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
At the airline bag drop counters, a transparent partition has been installed, to ensure the safety of both airline staff and passenger. In addition, the passenger will have to follow the safe distance markers placed on the floor. The passenger will scan the boarding pass on a sensor and show their ID and airline staff will accept the bags, ensuring at all times that the boarding pass does not touch the glass screen. The automated Self Bag-Drop facility will be available as applicable to the airlines. The passenger will be assisted by Airport staff to avoid touching the machines themselves.
At the Pre-Embarkation Security Check, the passenger will scan the boarding pass at a kiosk and put all belongings in the tray before going through the body scanner. Trays will be sanitised after every use. Under the new contactless process, body scanning will be done using Door Frame Metal Detectors (DFMD). Stamping of the boarding pass has been suspended, as directed by the DGCA.Hand sanitisers will be available before and after security check.
Passengers must follow the safe distance markers at the baggage collection area. Transit passengers will not be allowed out of the transit area. For transport after arrival, at the taxi boarding area, fumigation will be done at regular intervals. Taxis will be sanitised and drivers screened before every trip. Masks are mandatory for drivers, as well as passengers. Passengers without masks will not be allowed to board a taxi.
Passengers can experience contactless dining and retail, with almost total elimination of human contact at outlets. They may reduce queueing time by pre-ordering F&B through their smartphones using the QR code displayed at the FSTR by BLR kiosks. The food can be delivered at the passenger's place of choice within the Terminal. The payment would be made digitally at the time of ordering. For lounge access, passengers are advised to book their lounge lots online to avoid manual processing at the Terminal.
At the boarding gate, the airline staff will hand over a kit containing a face mask, face shield, and sanitiser to the passenger, who must put on the new mask and sanitise hands before boarding. The passenger will scan the boarding pass on the sensor. Airline staff will do temperature screening and then permit boarding. Across the terminal bio-waste collection bins are placed so that passengers can dispose their used mask and other personal protective equipment.