Hyderabad: In an attempt to improve the safety of passengers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) will introduce contactless entry into the airport terminals.

Usually, a passenger has to hand over physical documents such as travel itinerary and passport to a CISF personnel for verification. However, in a contactless entry, passengers will be asked to display the documents onto a high-definition camera installed at each gate of the domestic departures terminal. The output from the camera will be verified by CISF personnel from their specially-designed computer monitor.

Apart from this, thermal cameras have also been set up at each departure gate. Authorities will be notified in case any passengers records high temperature. Further, all check-in counters will have a boarding card and baggage tag dispensing machines re-oriented towards the passengers. After the check-in, passengers can collect the boarding cards and baggage tags themselves before proceeding for security screening.

The automatic tray retrieval system (ATRS) sanitises each tray to ensure that passengers are not contaminated when they use the trays during the hand baggage screening. Infra red-based water dispensing stations have been set up to ensure contact-less water dispensing mechanism.

Passengers can carry either a physical copy of their boarding pass or they can use the e-copy by scanning their smartphone at the scan board card reader at the e-gate. Upon arrival, all baggage belts come through an in-line sanitisation tunnel so that the bags are sanitised before the passengers pick them up from the belt. Sanitised trolleys will also be available at the arrival baggage claim hall. The airport has also installed sensor-based contact-less hygiene stations with automatic hand sanitisers across the terminal building.

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