Passengers’ boarding passes will no more be required to be torn before boarding a flight, with aviation security watchdog Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) scrapping the decades-old mandatory requirement for the airlines.
The bureau has told carriers that they would not be required anymore to keep the stub - the portion of the boarding pass retained by carriers.
The decision has been taken at a time when the government is working on facilitating entry into airports with the help of mobile phone and biometrics.
Civil aviation secretary RN Choubey on Thursday said the BCAS had issued an order on Wednesday removing “the mandatory stub retention by airlines”.
“Stub retention” generally refers to keeping a part of the boarding pass.
Choubey said the decision had come into immediate effect.
“This means the requirement for keeping the stub, which is part of the boarding pass, in physical form is not necessary...Instead, airlines can keep this is in digital form,” he said on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi.
The order, putting in place this mandatory requirement was issued in 1982, when there was not much digitisation, he noted.
According to Choubey, airlines were keeping a part of the boarding pass for the purpose of “passenger reconciliation” and that can now be achieved by keeping data in digital form.
At certain airports, the boarding pass - which carries a bar code is swiped in front of a bar code reader - and is not torn.
The civil aviation ministry is working on ‘digi yatra’ initiative as it looks to make “boarding pass and security interactions” digital.
The plan is to roll out a digital system for airport entry and subsequent journey requirements.