BCAS has listed ten identity proofs, passengers will have to show at least one for entering airports

Easing the norms of security checks, a circular issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) have authorized Mobile Aadhaar as an identity proof to enter the airports. Furthermore, the premier aviation security agency has stated that minors travelling with their parents will no longer require any identification documents.

The BCAS circular issued on October 26 mentioned, “There shall not be any requirement of identity proof in respect of infant/minor accompanied by their parents/guardian who is a bonafide passenger having a valid identity proof.”

BCAS has also listed ten identity proofs, among which the passengers will have to show at least one to enter the airport premises. The authorized identity proofs mostly include – passport, voter ID card, Aadhaar or m-Aadhaar (image in your mobile), PAN card and driving license.

Other acceptable ID proofs are – passbook of a nationalized bank, pension card, disability photo identification and service photo ID card issued by central or state government, PSU, local bodies and private limited company.

“In order to ensure that a bonafide passenger is travelling on a valid ticket issued in his/her name as well as to avoid any controversy/argument with the security staff, any of the following photo identity documents shall be carried in original,” the circular added.

For the differently-abled people it is mandatory to produce a disability photo ID or an authorized medical certificate. For students studying at a government institution, a photo identity card issued by the college, school or university will be enough to enter the airport.

In case a passenger is unable to produce any one of the ten listed ID proofs, an identity certificate issued by a group A gazette officer can be shown instead to seek permit of entry in the airport. However, the rules for the international passengers will continue remaining the same as before.

The Aadhar card is a 12-digit identity number given to people who enroll with their biometric details. There had been a mixed reaction among opposition leaders after the government mandated the use of Aadhaar cards in almost all sectors. According to privacy advocates, the programme gives government indiscriminate power.

Days back, claiming that the linking of Aadhaar with the phone numbers will affect the privacy of an individual, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “I am not bound to make all my personal conversations public. After you link Aadhaar with your phone, even personal conversations between husband and wife will reach the BJP office. We are taking up the issue in and out of the Parliament. If need be, we may fight it legally too.”