Bengaluru: Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru started the paperless self-boarding process on Monday. With the new facility, passengers can pass through any passenger touchpoints without showing any travel documents. The system is biometric-based and has been implemented as a part of the Union government’s Digi Yatra scheme.

The system that ensures seamless flow from registration to boarding was implemented in Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad first. Bengaluru airport hence becomes the second airport to be part of the Centre’s Digi Yatra initiative.

The boarding process is currently limited to travelling on Vistara flight UK864 from Bengaluru to Mumbai. The airport management reportedly said that the system was made possible by the integration of Vistara’s Departure Control System (DCS) with the technology. The integration allows effortless processing at the entry to the terminal, passenger security screening and the boarding gate.

Reports state that all Vistara flights are expected to be integrated into the biometric boarding process at the Bengaluru Airport by October this year.

The process is expected to be integrated with check-in/self-bag-drop to include other domestic and international airlines at the airport over the next few months. In the final stage, the technology will be integrated with the Digi Yatra Central platform. It is currently being built by the Central government’s Digi Yatra Foundation.

Before entering the terminal, travellers can simply enrol their ID and biometric data along with their flight details. Passengers can put away their travel documents as they travel through the airport as they will be authenticated and verified at every touchpoint due to the biometrics.

Passengers who want to avail this service will have to first register themselves at the airport and get their facial biometrics recorded at the airport on a one-time basis.

The system has become operational after Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) managing director and CEO Hari Marar and the technology provider Vision Box signed an agreement in September 2018.