Your smartphone is your ticket to air travel

Jan 02, 2013, 06:19 IST | A Correspondent

Entering the airport has become easier and long queues outside the ticket counter of airlines may drastically drop from Jan 1.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued notification to all airlines and airports to allow passengers with soft copy of air tickets.

This would mean that passengers need not carry the physical copy of the flight ticket and instead display it from their smart phones, tablets or laptops at the airport.

The BCAS, which is the nodal agency for civil aviation security, has issued orders for acceptability of soft display of tickets on laptops, tablets and smart-phones at the entry point of an airport.

Currently, it is mandatory for travellers to carry a printout of the e-ticket along with their valid identity cards to enter the airport premises.

“Air passengers need not scamper at the last moment to get a physical copy of the air ticket and instead show the soft copy from their email or cell phone and enter with ease. But valid ID proof is mandatory to be carried,” said an official spokesperson.

A similar facility has been introduced by Indian Railways wherein the soft copy of rail ticket can be accepted.

The ticket checkers only ask for an ID proof along with the soft copy of the rail ticket. 

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