A few months ago I’d blogged about how airlines had started to exploit the need to use an airline e-ticket print to access the airport concourse. Indian security regulations required a manual scan of the ticket by airport security to ensure only genuine passengers get to the airport. However, for whatever reason, they wanted paper, nothing on the phone or the iPad or the laptop. Entrepreneurial, airlines started to charge Rs. 50, and then hiked it up to Rs. 100 per printout of tickets, which they would earlier give out for free.
The uproar this move to charge money created did force the sleepy bureaucracy to update the rulebook. Now, many a newspapers and websites are reporting that the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has notified new orders, which allow you to show your e-tickets on your smartphones or in an electronic format to airport security and get access to the airport with effect from January 1. I am not taking a flight in a few days, so I have no way to verify if this is correct, but perhaps some of you can now easily forget to make prints of the ticket because you don’t need it!