Remove the need to produce paper printout at airport entrance. Save Paper.
  • Petitioned Arun Mishra

This petition was delivered to:

Director General
Arun Mishra
Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India
Ajit Singh
Joint Commissioner of Security (Civil Aviation)
Shri.B.B.Dash, IPS

Remove the need to produce paper printout at airport entrance. Save Paper.

    1. Nakul Shenoy
    2. Petition by

      Nakul Shenoy

      Bangalore, India

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January 2013

Victory

Nakul Shenoy: Thank you for your immense support to the campaign.

Passengers can now enter airports by showing a soft display of air tickets on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

On January 01 2013 the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), which is the nodal agency for civil aviation security, issued orders for acceptability of soft display of tickets on laptops, tablets and smart-phones at the entry point of airport.This culminates successfully our petition to accept digital display of tickets to allow passengers entry into Indian airports. The efforts to make airports completely paperless will have to continue.

Thanks again, Nakul Shenoy

The print outs that passengers are required to show at the entrance gates to enter the airport lead to a colossal wastage of thousands of lakh sheets of paper every year.

Further, the total life of the e-ticket printout that we carry to airports is less than two minutes. The airlines do not need it, the check-in counter does not need it, the boarding gate does not need it. The only one to need this physical print is the CISF personnel standing guard at the entrance to the airport.

It is the purpose of this petition to seek that,

1. The requirement to show ticketing information at the gate be removed totally.
If necessary, a hefty fine could be charged to dissuade non-passengers from entering the airports, similar to the Indian Railways and their usage of platform tickets.

2. If genuine security concerns do not allow this change, at the least the verification of ticketing information via digital displays like mobile phones, tablets and laptops should be allowed.
This would reduce the need to printing the tickets, which is now a mandatory step to enter airports.

It is time we revisited this archaic rule and updated it to serve the needs of the current day.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Now enter airports with just soft copies of your tickets

      Nakul Shenoy
      Petition Organizer

      The New Year brought us much happiness with the Indian airports deciding to accept digital display of tickets for entry into airports.

      Thank you each of you for your wonderful support in making this happen.

      Best,

      Nakul

      http://tech2.in.com/news/general/now-enter-airports-with-just-soft-copies-of-your-tickets/666892

      Now enter airports with just soft copies of your tickets

      A ccording to fresh orders from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), air passengers can now display their tickets on their smartphones, tablets and laptops during entry at airports-breaking away from the current scene. The BCAS is the nodal agency for civil aviation security in the country.

    2. End the paper chase at airports

      Nakul Shenoy
      Petition Organizer

      On Dec 6, the Economic Times carried a guest article by me suggesting "Electronic displays of tickets should be accepted at airports to reduce colossal waste of paper":
      http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-12-06/news/35647532_1_platform-tickets-printout-cisf-personnel

      Electronic displays of tickets should be accepted at airports to reduce colossal waste of paper

      (The airline that charged...) BY: Nakul Shenoy It was last week that the inevitable caught up with me. Ever since some airlines began charging for printouts of tickets at airports, I ensured that I had my itinerary printed at home. Yet, on this occasion, I reached the Mumbai airport without a printed ticket to catch my flight back to Bangalore.

    3. NEWS: Airports look at accepting SMS Tickets - Times of India

      Nakul Shenoy
      Petition Organizer

      Anshul Dhamija writes in the Times of India that airports may consider accepting digital displays of tickets to allow passengers entry into airports. For full story, see: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Airports-look-at-accepting-SMS-tickets/articleshow/16732168.cms

      Keep the campaign going and build the pressure on the authorities to make this necessary change to save millions of paper every year!

      Airports look at accepting SMS tickets - The Times of India

      At a time when the Railways and even many bus operators accept SMS tickets, India's airports still insist on printed tickets. And airlines are now exploiting that by introducing a Rs 50 to Rs 100 charge if you ask for a printout of your ticket at the airport.

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Picking up media attention

      Nakul Shenoy
      Petition Organizer

      We have been following up with our friends in the media to help us garner support for the campaign.

      Here's one story that appeared today:

      POSTNOON: Why are our airports not digital friendly?
      By Rahul Ramakrishna
      http://postnoon.com/2012/09/13/our-airport-not-digital-friendly/72614

    6. First Steps...

      Nakul Shenoy
      Petition Organizer

      This campaign originally took shape over a set of tweets these last two weeks, leading to this detailed blog post on the topic:
      http://www.nakulshenoy.com/?p=2592

      A series of newsletters and emails were also sent out to various corporate contacts including those in the aviation industry.

      More updates will be posted here as we have them.

      For now join in by signing the petition and helping spread the word.

      Thanks,

      Nakul

    7. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Manjri Gopalan GHAZIABAD, INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I dont think print out of tickets are necessary to make an entry in airports. As suggested by Nakul, if required one shd show the ticket on his/her mobile phone/laptop/tablet/ etc... etc.

      Now-a-days, even IRCTC have started promoting people not to take print outs of the ticket. The Airport Authority should promote the concept of paperless flying and more efforts in promoting this idea.

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    • Myron Mendes MUMBAI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The printouts are unnecessary from a security point of view. An SMS of the ticket should suffice. In this day and age everyone has got a cell phone.

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    • Neeraj Tyagi BANGALORE, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Save paper save trees... its wastage of paper after carrying smartphone.

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    • Arnav Agarwal PUNE, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      No need to carry the paper.

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    • Altaf Mohammed BANGALORE, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Save trees

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