Digi Yatra policy is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation for a biometric boarding system using Facial Recognition Technology. It aims at providing a seamless and hassle-free experience for passengers at airports. Its main objective is to enhance the passenger experience by eliminating the need for verification of tickets and ID at multiple touch points and to achieve better throughput through existing infrastructure using a Digital Framework. The project is in the implementation stage. The expenditure on the implementation of Digi Yatra is done by Airport Operators. The Ministry of Civil Aviation does not provide any budgetary support for its implementation. To give wide publicity to Digi Yatra, Airport Operators, and Airline Operators are doing in-flight announcements, publicity through boarding passes, providing help desk support, and displaying banners and films, etc. at the airports. Publicity is also being done through Social Media. Airports Authority of India (AAI) has awarded the work for the implementation of the Biometric Boarding System at Kolkata, Pune, Vijayawada, and Varanasi airports.

Digi Yatra is to be implemented across airports in a phased manner. In the first phase, Digi Yatra has been launched on 01.12.2022 at Delhi, Bangalore, and Varanasi Airports for providing passengers with contactless, paperless check-in and boarding processes based on facial biometrics. The implementation of Digi Yatra under phase I is also planned at Kolkata, Pune, Vijayawada, and Hyderabad Airports by March 2023 and across various airports in the country in a phased manner. Digital transformation of the aviation sector is an ongoing endeavor. As per requirement, the digitization of various processes in the aviation sector is undertaken.

Facial Recognition System (FRS) on Airport is to be implemented in phased manner

M/s Dataevolve Solutions has built an FRT-based Digi Yatra Central Ecosystem. It has been selected through a national start-up challenge run by NitiAayog under the Atal Innovation Mission.

Digi Yatra is a voluntary facility for providing passengers with a seamless and hassle-free experience at the Airports. In the Digi Yatra process, there is no central storage of passengers’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data. All the passenger’s data is encrypted and stored in the wallet of the passenger’s smartphone and shared only for a limited time duration with the airport of travel origin where the passenger’s Digi Yatra ID needs to be validated. The data is purged from the system within 24 hours of the flight. Facilities with the implementation of the Digi Yatra provide Touchless Passenger Validation through FRT which results in saving time at various touchpoints like entry to the airport, Security Hold Area (SHA), and Boarding Area with no CISF intervention.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Gen.

(Dr) V. K. Singh,(Retd) in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

**PIB India**

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