New Delhi: Despite all the apprehensions about the security of the massive Aadhar database, the Union Government is fast expanding the ambit of the Aadhar and use of its biometric system. In a decision that may have far reaching implications for the entire population in the country, government is planning to make the use of Aadhaar-based biometric system for boarding flights within the country.
This means that people who haven’t got Aadhar cards will not be able to fly on Indian airlines within the country, though it cannot be implemented on the international travelers.
Reports suggest that the Wipro has been tasked by the Union Government to develop a blueprint for Aadhaar-based biometric access to flyers at all airports across India. The IT major is all set to present a report in this regard to the government before the end of the next month.
If this is applied, it means that to fly within the country people will need to use their thumb impressions for identity purpose.
A Times of India report while quoting Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra says, “It was felt a joint system be developed that can be replicated by all airports. Wipro has been asked to develop a concept note in this regard after consulting all stakeholders, including the JV airport operators. We are seeing what all airport processes can be made e-enabled…Once they reach the airport they are flying out of, flyers can just keep their thumb on touch pad at entry point. Once inside, a similar process can be repeated at other places like check-in. We want passengers to have as seamless and effortless travel experience at airports as possible”.