The dreadful coronavirus is back again with a new variant, and we can’t help but be a bit anxious. Keeping the rising concerns in mind, authorities at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi have rolled out an e-boarding facility for travellers. The move is aimed at ensuring seamless and contactless digital travel. By Karan Kaushik
According to a report published in the Times of India, Delhi airport operator DIAL has set up e-boarding gates at Terminal 3 and Terminal 2. Similar measures are also being taken at Terminal 1. The report said that five e-boarding gates will be functional at the airport in the weeks to come.
All you need to know about the e-boarding gates at Delhi’s IGI Airport
These e-boarding gates will make use of card scanners, where travellers will be able to present their physical or e-boarding passes. Once the scanner verifies the passenger details mentioned on the boarding pass, travellers will not be required to present their documents again.
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The airport authorities have segregated the e-gates into three categories. While flyers carrying heavy luggage must use the wide lane e-gates, those with only hand baggage may take the normal category e-gates. Then there’s a dual category too, which will allow both.
These contactless gates will not only ensure safety against the virus but will also fasten the boarding procedure. E-processing kiosks have also been set up at the entry gates of Terminal 2. Similar kiosks will also be installed at the other two terminals soon. These kiosks will also hasten the travel documents verification time significantly.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport was recently declared the fifth busiest airport in the world. Domestic travel is on the rise again despite concerns about the Omicron variant. In such a scenario, innovative solutions like these e-gates are a welcome move and will prove to be helpful in ensuring the safety of passengers.