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Mobile Aadhaar is now valid identity proof at airports

By Vicky

A circular issued by aviation security agency Bureau of Civil Aviation and Security (BCAS) says that mobile Aadhaar can be used as an identity proof to enter airports, while identification documents will not be required for minors accompanied by parents.

Mobile Aadhaar is now valid identity proof at airports

In its latest communication, the BCAS has said that passengers entering an airport premises need to produce any one of the 10 identity proofs, which include passport, voter ID card, Aadhaar or m-Aadhaar, PAN card and driving licence.

"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 can be carried in original", according to the BCAS circular issued on October 26.

Passbook issued by a nationalised bank, pension card, disability photo identification and service photo ID card of central/state government, PSU, local bodies and private limited company will also be acceptable.

Differently-abled people will have to produce a disability photo ID or a medical certificate.

Students also have the option to furnish a photo identity card issued by a government institute.

The order, however, exempts a minor accompanied by a parent or a guardian from producing an identity proof.

"There shall not be any requirement of identity proof in case of an infant or a minor accompanied by their parents/guardian who is a bonafide passenger having a valid identity proof", the order adds.

If a passenger is not able to furnish one of the ten documents, there is also the option to provide an identity certificate issued by a group A gazetted officer of central or the state government.

For international passengers, the requirement of producing a passport and an air ticket will continue.

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