International Air Transport Association (IATA), an apex industry body for the airline industry that was instrumental in phasing out conventional jacket tickets has now ventured on sensitising airlines and airports for introducing bar coded boarding passes (BCBP) in India.
“Once in place the BCBPs would allow a passenger go to the security hold directly from the airport gate thus saving the passenger the trouble of standing in a long queue to get the card, this will also help the airline clearing the passengers faster,” Eric Leopold, project manager for IATA's BCBP's told Hindustan Times.
The card also has several features including enhanced safety and would help airlines with better passenger profiling.
IATA, Leopold said is in consultation with Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security to have the BCBPs at more airports across the country. “We started the process of new boarding cards in 2005 and airlines and airports were given five years to adapt to the new technology, airlines and airports in India are yet to fully comply with the new technology,” Leopold added.
At present only two airlines — Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways have adopted the BCBP in India and the same number of airports are compliant to the new technology.
“A conventional pass can be duplicated but the bar coded passes cannot be as the scanners would discard duplicate ones,” said Leopold. He said the bar coded boarding passes have enhanced safety features.
“In other nations technology has moved a step ahead, instead of a paper boarding pass, bar codes are being sent to passengers on their mobiles. This not only helps save paper and environment but also has very high security standards as the bar code can not be replicated,” said Leopold.