Bengaluru: 'Contactless' experience awaits passengers at BIAL from May 25


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Bengaluru, May 23: ‘Contactless’ would be the buzzword at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru when operations resume from Monday, May 25, 2020.

In an effort to protect passengers and staff from the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), which operates the Kempegowda International Airport, has introduced a Parking-to-Boarding contactless journey.

With greater emphasis on minimum touch and minimum exposure between passengers and Airport personnel, BIAL aims to minimise all physical contact at the Airport.


Kempegowda International Airport (file photo)

The technology will continue to enable a seamless airport journey, with greater emphasis on health and safety.

“As the Gateway to a new India, BIAL has a key role to play in helping passengers through this global health crisis by reassuring them that their safety is our top priority. We have introduced innovative contactless procedures to minimise exposure at the Airport. These enhancements demonstrate our continued commitment to keep our passengers safe in this environment. We believe our new measures will boost confidence among passengers," said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL.

“BIAL is all geared up to welcome our passengers back and – working with various Government departments – we are committed to offering them a safe experience by implementing the best-in-class standards, procedures and practices,” Marar added.

Pre-Entry Process

As part of the new procedures, a passenger must wear a face mask and carry an e or printed-boarding pass.

At the Departure Gates, the passenger will undergo thermal scan and must show that the Aarogya Setu app on the mobile phone of passengers has the ‘you are safe’ message.

CISF personnel will verify the boarding pass and Government-issued Photo ID using an electronic device or through a magnified glass screen.

The door mats will be soaked with bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite Solution) at the Terminal entrance to disinfect the shoes.

Staff attending to passengers with special needs like wheelchairs, as well as unaccompanied minors, will wear protective gear. Wheelchairs and baby strollers will be sanitised after every use. Trolleys will be sanitised after every use.

Check-in Process

Once inside the Terminal, the passenger will scan the boarding pass at a contactless self-service kiosk, collect the baggage tag before proceeding to the airline counter to drop-off luggage.

Passengers also have the option of using the assisted baggage drop counter to print and tag their baggage.

Initially, a maximum of one hand baggage and one checked-in baggage will be allowed, as mandated by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

At the airline bag drop counters, a transparent partition has been installed, to ensure the safety of both airline staff and passenger. In addition, the passenger will have to follow the safe distance markers placed on the floor.

The passenger will scan the boarding pass on a sensor and show their ID and airline staff will accept the bags, ensuring at all times that the boarding pass does not touch the glass screen.

The automated Self Bag-Drop facility will be available as applicable to the airlines. The passenger will be assisted by Airport staff to avoid touching the machines themselves.

Security Check Process

At the Pre-Embarkation Security Check, the passenger will scan the boarding pass at a kiosk and put all belongings in the tray before going through the body scanner. Trays will be sanitised after every use.

Under the new contactless process, body scanning will be done using Door Frame Metal Detectors (DFMD).

Stamping of the boarding pass has been suspended, as directed by the DGCA. Hand sanitisers will be available before and after security check.

Boarding Process

At the boarding gate, the airline staff will hand over a kit containing a face mask, face shield and sanitiser to the passenger, who must put on the new mask and sanitise hands before boarding. The passenger will scan the boarding pass on the sensor. Airline staff will do temperature screening and then permit boarding.

Across the terminal bio-waste collection bins are placed so that passengers can dispose their used mask and other personal protective equipment.

Touch-free hand sanitisers have been placed across the Terminal for the safety of passengers.

Retail & Dining

Passengers can experience contactless dining and retail with almost total elimination of human contact at outlets. They may reduce time for queue by pre-ordering F&B through their smartphones using the QR code displayed at the FSTR by BIAL kiosks.

The food can be delivered at the passenger's place of choice within the Terminal. The payment would be made digitally at the time of ordering. For lounge access, passengers are advised to book their lounge lots online to avoid manual processing at the Terminal.

Parking

At parking zones, the ticket dispensing machine will print a ticket after recording the time and date of entry, thereby reducing human processing.

At exit, the ticket will be scanned against a machine and the payment can be made digitally. Cash and card payment options, too, will be available, and be carried out with due precautions.

On Arrival

Passengers must follow the safe distance markers at the baggage collection area. Transit passengers will not be allowed out of the transit area.

Transport

At the taxi boarding area, fumigation will be done at regular intervals. Taxis will be sanitised and drivers screened before every trip.

Masks are mandatory for drivers, as well as passengers. Passengers without masks will not be allowed to board a taxi.

As per a State Government advisory, each taxi will accommodate only the driver + 2 passengers. BMTC buses will operate at 50 percent capacity.

Sanitisation & Other Measures

Apart from the contactless process, BIAL has also introduced a slew of other measures, including frequent sanitisation and disinfection of baggage and trollies and fumigation of the Terminal for safe travel.

All touchpoints will be sanitised regularly at a predetermined schedule.

Repeated announcements will be made to maintain social distance and wear masks. Information related to social distancing and personal hygiene will be displayed on the Flight Information Display System (FIDS).

Seating across Terminal, including at F&B outlets, has been rearranged and marked in a manner that promotes maintaining a safe distance.

The Terminal will be well ventilated with minimum reliance on air-conditioning to avoid the spread of disease.

 

 

  

Comment on this article

  • Paul, mangalore

    Sun, May 24 2020

    This how when the Airport is in professional airport handlers. Good job Airport director & members of BIA
    Now let's see what system.Our Adani Mangalore 7nternational.Airport will.do.
    How safe ,,& Htgene will.be taken.for our passengers

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Sun, May 24 2020

    Central & State government purely failed to demonstrate it's capabilities in the event of Covid-19 safety measures.

    Lockdowns, police laatis were campaigned when infection rate was zero

    Ran out of everything when Covid 19 actually starts roaring!

    Blunt leadership!

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  • Karthik, Mangalore

    Sat, May 23 2020

    I hope all passengers abide by these rules and make the work of all officials easier.

    DisAgree [4] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse

  • Lawrence Lobo, Mangalore

    Sat, May 23 2020

    All the best for your contactless experiment.

    DisAgree Agree [25] Reply Report Abuse


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