In the next two or three months, passengers will need to provide passport or Aadhaar number in order to board a flight within India.
According to Aviation ministry sources, passenger identification has become mandatory because it is looking to put four levels of offences which will be graded in terms of seriousness — in its proposed nofly list.
Each level will prescribe a different grounding period for passengers.
To implement this, we need a foolproof way of identifying passengers. This could be done by asking people to give either Aadhaar or passport number at the time of booking flights. One of these two will be chosen, said sources from aviation ministry.
The passenger identification system is already in place as international bookings are done by giving passport details. This system might be used for domestic bookings as well.