Data breach? Jet Airways prints Aadhaar info on boarding pass, says it's optional

technology | Thursday, September 28th, 2017
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Highlights
  • A Jet Airways flyer has tweeted a photo of his boarding pass that has his Aadhaar card number printed on it.
  • In response, Jet Airways has clarified that keying in Aadhaar card number for mobile or web check-in is optional.

We recently saw how the Indian government is looking to push its ambitious Digital India initiative by making a completely paperless air travel possible, hopefully in the near future. Biometric authentication over flashing ID cards is suggested and among the long list of pointers is the ability to optionally link Aadhaar to airlines.

Now, a Jet Airways passenger has tweeted a photo of his boarding pass that has his Aadhaar details printed on it. Take a look at the tweet below:

In response, Jet Airways has clarified that keying in Aadhaar card number for mobile or web check-in is optional.

However, it has irked many users who are asking why print it on the boarding pass. A boarding pass isn't a document that we preserve and is often  strewn around. Moreover, does this mean the airlines can save the number? Moreover, the Aadhaar Act clearly states that no Aadhaar or biometric info can be collected, published or displayed publicly, except when regulations demand it. Doesn't printing it on boarding pass clearly violate the Aadhaar Act, asks one twitter user. Here's how Twitterati reacted. 

Meanwhile, it is known that airlines and airport authorities are working at a paperless travel, and would allow travel by simply linking biometrics or Aadhaar. However, owing to privacy becoming a fundamental right, a bench of panel are yet to decide the fate of how Aadhaar and privacy can walk hand in hand.

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