In a few months, citizens will not be able to book a domestic flight ticket without submitting an ID proof such as Aadhaar, passport or PAN, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said this in an interview. “We are going to move towards a regime where we will require passport, Aadhaar or PAN, or some other identification measure to be linked to your PNR number so that we can uniquely identify you during the journey” he added.
The Centre will be issuing the finalized rules for no fly list (NFL) on this week. Once these rules are implemented, a person will need to give number of any of the following ID cards before booking a domestic flight – Aadhaar, driving license, passport or Pan Number.
Election Commission voter ID card will also be acceptable but a final call on this is yet to be taken. However, to travel in an international flight, passport number is anyway mandatory.
“You already require a unique identification card to enter the airport terminal building. We just want to link the ID with the passenger’s PNR,” Mr. Sinha said.”India is pioneering in having a no fly list on the basis of safety as other countries have it on security grounds. A DGCA team (led by Chief BS Bhullar) recently had discussions with global regulators at a meet in Mongolia. We had received comments on the draft NFL and after many deliberations, the final rules will be issued on Friday,” Union minister of state for aviation Jayant Sinha added.
One of the main reasons for this NFL taking some time to get implemented is due to the process of ensuring that a person on this list should not be able to fly using another name. “We are going to issue a civil aviation requirement (CAR or rule issued by DGCA) where some identity card number will have to be provided. People giving Aadhaar numbers will soon be able to get digital boarding cards,” Sinha said.