Soon, you will need PAN or Aadhaar to book your flight tickets

Your digital unique ID will soon be made mandatory for booking air tickets.


With digitisation holding the reins of the travel and tourism industry, paperless travel is only the immediate go-to for the sector.

To facilitate the same, the Ministry of State for Civil Aviation is now planning to introduce ‘digital unique identification’ as a must at the time of booking air tickets.

As of now, passengers availing flights are required to show a copy of their identity while entering the airport.

A digital unique identification such as Aadhaar, PAN (Permanent Account Number) and a passport is being proposed for air passengers, Minister of State for Civil Aviation was reported as saying by Business Standard.

To streamline the process, the ministry has also set up a digital traveller working group to provide suggestions on implementing the scheme.

Adhaar would not be mandatory among other digital identities, added the minister. “This is a pull experience and not a push experience. Passengers still have the option of carrying a boarding pass if they so wish,” he said.


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