To be implemented between in third quarter this year, passengers will need only a smartphone for e-Aadhaar and biometric-based authentication to board a domestic flight. Bangalore’s KIA and Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport successfully conducted pilot projects for Aadhaar-based paperless boarding. In 2018, KIA signed an agreement with Vision-Box, a digital and biometric solutions services provider based in Lisbon, to implement the technology. Note that Aadhaar-based paperless boarding is supposed to be an additional and non-mandatory feature and the existing paper-based processes will continue for those not opting to link their airline tickets with their Aadhaar. The government unveiled the initiative, for a “paperless and hassle-free” experience at airports last October.