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Government starts talks to furnish digital number to air travellers

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said talks with various stakeholders have started to furnish a unique identity number for air passengers at the time of flight booking.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2017 14:06 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Ashok Gajapathi Raju,Civil aviation minister,Lok Sabha
An airplane takes off from Chandigarh International Airport in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)

The government has started consultations with various stakeholders to furnish a digital identification number to be given to air passengers at the time of booking tickets, Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday.

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the upgradation of technology for passenger facilitation was a continuous process.

“Various stakeholders’ consultations have been conducted and suggestions have been received for air passengers to furnish a digital identification number at the time of purchasing an air ticket to enable seamless air travel,” he said during Question Hour.

Raju said discussions are held regularly with diverse stakeholders on the usage of technology for the benefit of passengers and adopting common protocols for data-sharing across airlines, airports, travel agents and others.

The minister’s reply came in response to a question whether the government was planning to make it mandatory for air passengers to furnish a unique identity number at the time of flight booking.

Raju said the civil aviation ministry has constituted three committees, including a technical committee, to implement technology-enabled seamless passenger facilities across airports in India.

“No specific timeline has been fixed because input will be received from the committee periodically regarding appropriate technology standards and inter-operability protocols,” he said.

First Published: Jul 20, 2017 14:06 IST