Social distancing is the key to win the fight against the pandemic. To keep travellers and employees safe, Bengaluru Airport will now become completely contactless from entry till boarding. By Manya Saini

The Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru has undertaken measures to make all processes of security and baggage drop completely contactless. This will make travel as safe as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The airport is introducing contactless self-check-in kiosks, thermal cameras to record body temperature operated remotely by security personnel and self-baggage drop among others.

 

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All passengers will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing strictly while completing mandatory operations at the airport. Assistance with baggage and other facilities will be provided by the airport to the elderly and children. Others who are able-bodied will be required to complete these tasks on their own.

Adding another layer of preventive security and hygiene assurance for travellers, all airport taxis are being sanitised after every trip and drivers are being screened to ensure that the risk of the infection spreading is kept to a minimum. Drivers of airport cabs are also required to keep hand sanitiser in the vehicle while wearing masks has been made mandatory for both passengers and drivers.

 

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In a similar move earlier, the Hyderabad International Airport had also introduced contactless entry for travellers, with non-intrusive thermal screening measures at the entry gate. Delhi airport maintained by the GMR Group’s guidelines also dictated minimum to no contact to be the future of travel with the religious implementation of social distancing to secure the safety of employees, security personnel, cabin crew, and passengers.

The move from Bengaluru Airport is especially significant as India is looking to resume international flights and run domestic flights at full scale of operations. The initiative could soon be implemented at airports in all cities expecting heavy passenger load until the pandemic passes, giving an indication of what travel in the new normal will look like for all travellers.

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