One of the most irrelevant to today’s times practices in Indian aviation was the stamping of the baggage tag. Across the continents I’ve been to, it was only at home would I see the practice of a security agency (CISF) X-ray screening bags and then putting a stamp on a tag to signify that the bag was checked and okay. Further, other security apparatus would check if the bag was stamped, all the way till you got on the plane.
I’m sure the process had relevance back in the day, but with most procedures being automated and X-ray scanners able to automatically isolate most troublesome material, those times were gone.
With effect from today, 6 major airports in India are conducting a trial, where the CISF will no longer be stamping the cabin baggage tags. The six airports under study are:
It is the plan of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, that if this pilot goes through smoothly, the airports will no longer require the baggage tags to be stamped after a successful screening of the baggage. Also, there is potential to take it to the other airports of the country as well. Remember, the trial is only for passengers travelling domestically to start with, and to be held if you are flying between December 15 to December 21, 2016.
The archaic rule going away would save us quite some time at the airports. Somebody put a 10 minutes per passenger number. My wife who is travelling today already sees the difference.
Took 2 mins to clear security @CSIAMumbai today. Doing away with hand luggage tags seems to be working
— Shipra Baranwal (@Firstclasswife) December 15, 2016
This discontinuation of stamps is also a logical first step to a larger discussion where the boarding passes will no longer be required to be stamped, and that would make it easier to bring in mobile boarding passes across the country.
This has been a move I have been waiting for, for a long long time. The baggage stamping is irksome. Next steps, I’d expect the security apparatus to enable mobile boarding passes and do away with the frisking till there is a beep, also let go off the stamp the boarding pass business.
How do you think the new move will impact your air travel across India?