Indian agency wants boarding pass replaced with biometrics
18 September 2017 16:11 GMT

India's Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has recommended that biometrics replace boarding passes.

The chief of the country’s airport security force—the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)—told PTI in an interview that they have begun “exploring” biometric security.

“We are working on two projects. The first is how to introduce integrated security solutions at airports. You need to connect all dots that exist within the security establishment. You have so many strategies to do it…you have the biometrics, video analytics and a very robust access control system.

“We will try to interconnect all these things in a very integrated fashion,” CISF director general O.P. Singh told the news agency. The DG, an IPS officer of the 1983 batch, said doing away with the boarding pass system is part of this process and project and a recent initiative launched at the Hyderabad airport for ‘express check-in’ of passengers is an example in that direction.

“We may do away with boarding cards too. But, that depends on how strong I become (with regard to technology- based security systems). The Hyderabad airport is the only airport in the country that is totally biometric. We are trying to explore this system for all airports,” he said.

The DG said the launch of the new system at the Hyderabad airport is for “every” stakeholder in the airport security to see and that it was a “shining example” when it comes to bringing in smart systems and take new steps to ensure smooth and hassle-free movement of passengers at airports.