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Indian Railways, one of the largest transport sectors was the first to go paperless. Now according to a PTI report, air travelers will also be able to do away with boarding passes and show electronic boarding passes or QR codes in their mobiles to board planes after check-in abroad.
The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (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 airport, an official spokesperson said in the PTI report.
The Chennai Airport is the first to implement on the same by verify the tickets of the passengers on their laptops, smartphones or tablets allowing passengers to enter the airport terminal without the print-outs of their tickets.
The Central Industrial Security (CISF) personnel at the entry and exit gates of the terminal have already been given an orientation program to check the tickets of the passengers from their smartphones, laptops or tablets.
Currently, the security personnel verify the printed version of the tickets and crosscheck it with an identity card. This system is cumbersome for passengers who tend to forget or misplace their tickets and passengers scuttling the airport for tickets are a common sight. It is also very expensive to get a print-out in the airport.