A few months ago, we’d mentioned about how Jet Airways had already started requesting your Aadhaar number to make travel bookings for you on a pilot project basis. This was a part of multiple projects, and it seems the government is now going to notify new rules tomorrow onwards which will implement a No-Fly list in India. The no-fly list discussion started after a Member of Parliament misbehaved with an Air India staff and was banned by Indian carriers temporarily from their planes. This means a change in the way you book flight tickets in India.
While the official rules would be out tomorrow, it is expected that you will now be able to use your PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, Driving License or Passport while booking a domestic ticket. The jury is still out on Election Commission ID cards being a part of this list of accepted documents.
I’d expect that there would be a central database where all the airlines would upload their No-Fly lists, given they are expected to be given powers to determine who goes on that list, and these IDs would be cross-referenced against those lists before approving a passengers ticket, rather than after.
Also, I’m not sure basis what I read right now about how would this work out if I had my Passport at the time of booking, but I present my Aadhaar at the time of checking-in for my flight. Let’s hope all of that is fungible for the time being.
What are your thoughts about the new process from the aviation regulator?