The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has directed all airports of the country to switch to biometric-based access control systems according to Ministry of Civil Aviation directives. BCAS has been planning this shift for many years now, but the idea gained momentum in the beginning of this year.
This automation of access control systems will affect only the staff of various agencies working at the airport. Now, only basic identity cards are used for gaining access to any part of the airport, once the airports switch to the new systems, security requirements to access the airport premises will vary according to the security zone in which a particular part falls. Some are low security zones, some high and some very high. The requirements in these zones might vary from a simple card swipe to registering thumb or retina print or all.