India begins using facial recognition at airports today


Digi Yatra is designed to facilitate the contactless, frictionless processing of passengers at airports via Facial Recognition Technology.

Today, India will launch Digi Yatra, a system designed to make air travel effortless and trouble-free. Digi Yatra is designed to enable contactless and seamless passenger processing at airports using Facial Recognition Technology.

The project envisions that passengers will be able to pass through various airport checkpoints via paperless and contactless processing using facial features to establish their identity, which could be linked to their boarding pass.

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In the initial phase, it will be implemented at seven airports and only for passengers on domestic flights.

Today, it will be launched initially at three airports: Delhi, Bengaluru, and Varanasi, followed by four airports: Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, and Vijayawada by March 2023. Eventually, the technology would be implemented nationwide.

This service requires a one-time registration using Aadhaar-based validation and a self-image capture on the Digi Yatra app.

No central repository of Personally Identifiable Information exists. The ID and travel credentials of the passenger are stored in a secure wallet on the passenger’s smartphone.