Guwahati: A significant milestone has been reached as Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati becomes the inaugural airport in the northeastern region to introduce the innovative 'Digi Yatra' service. This forward-looking service is set to revolutionize the travel experience, and it will be seamlessly integrated into three key zones within the airport: the primary entrance, check-in areas, and boarding sections.
Chandra Mohan Patowary, the Minister of Assam's Industries & Commerce, enthusiastically shared during the event, "In the past, passengers were accustomed to enduring lengthy queues at Guwahati airport. That era is now consigned to history."
Meanwhile, Rajeev Bansal, the Union Civil Aviation Secretary, underscored the pioneering nature of the 'Digi Yatra' initiative, affirming that continuous advancements are on the horizon. He elaborated, "Travelers will have the convenience of enrolling their credentials within the 'Digi Yatra' application, granting them access to the airport through facial recognition. With the camera promptly recognizing the individual, gates will automatically swing open."
Utpal Baruah, the Chief Airport Officer of Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, lauded the imminent transformation of air travel, predicting widespread adoption of this hassle-free facility across North Eastern India. He added that the 'Digi Yatra' convenience is currently exclusive to Indigo and Akasa passengers at Guwahati airport, yet he eagerly anticipates its eventual integration across other airline services.
The 'Digi Yatra' initiative, as elucidated by a communiqué from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, harnesses the power of facial recognition technology to engineer a seamless, streamlined experience for passengers transiting through airports. The central objective of this groundbreaking endeavor is to obviate the need for cumbersome verification procedures involving tickets and identification documents at multiple junctures.
Notably, the Ministry emphasized that the personal information of passengers remains entirely safeguarded throughout the 'Digi Yatra' process. There is no storage of personally identifiable information (PII), with all passenger data encrypted and securely stored within their smartphone wallets.