In an attempt to digitise air travel, the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, also known as Varanasi Airport, will have an automated smart facial recognition system, ensuring hassle-free movement of travellers from entry to boarding points. Once implemented, the Varanasi airport will soon become the first airport in the country to have such a system in place.
AK Rai, Airport Director confirmed that the installation of automated security system is already underway. He said, “Automated walkthrough security scanners equipped with facial recognition technology are being installed at the airport’s entry, security and boarding points.”
Developed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious DigiYatra scheme, the system has walk-through security scanners, which are capable of identifying passengers by their faces, will make entry into the airport faster and ensure automated check-ins without the requirement of any paper-based intervention. Details of passengers provided at the time of booking tickets will be examined digitally through their Aadhaar numbers.
Varanasi is among three airports – the others being Visakhapatnam and Kolkata – selected under the programme for availing of this facility.
DigiYatra is an ambitious initiative aimed at developing a digital ecosystem to provide the best possible paperless services to air travellers at every stage of their journey, from boarding to checking in and landing. Rai said the automated facial recognition checking system will be put into service over the next four months.