Aadhaar could soon become must for booking air tickets

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Passengers will soon have to furnish either Aadhaar number or passport to fly even within India, sources close to Aviation Ministry have confirmed. The identification process will reportedly be similar to global flying rules, where passengers are required to provide details of their passport or Aadhaar before making a flight booking.

To ensure smooth implementation of the above system, ministry will require passengers to give their Aadhaar or passport numbers at the time of booking flight.

Air India, the government airlines, was forced to revoke no-fly ban against Gaikwad after an order came in from the ministry of civil aviation. Each level will prescribe a different grounding period for passengers. Till now, passports are mandatory for identification purposes while travelling outside India and passport details are needed while booking tickets for overseas.

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The aviation ministry is planning to put out vehicle amendment draft in public domain for discussion sometime next week. "So by this June or July, we will have the entire thing in place", said a highly placed source.

This system will just need to be replicated for domestic bookings.

According to the report, the government's list is to be based on existing similar records maintained by private airlines.

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"The Ministry of Civil Aviation is strengthening rules so that a national no-fly list can be implemented, such incidents can be prevented, and safety improved", Mr. Sinha tweeted, referring to the incident on March 23 in which Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad's allegedly beat up an Air India employee, leading to his ban on flying. But civil aviation is not a law enforcement agency. The official said Air India would not be withdrawing its FIRs against Gaikwad and, if needed, it is also "willing to go to court".

However, when Air India filed FIRs against Gaikwad and imposed a ban on him, it was a decision taken independently by the airline, the source said.

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