Bengaluru City’s Kempegowda International Airport said on Thursday it has installed 16 fully-automated self-bag drop machines which are expected to significantly reduce check-in queues and pace up the baggage transaction time. Also Read - Flipkart to acquire Rs 1,500 crore worth stake in Aditya Birla Group's Fashion retail
The facility would initially be available to Air Asia India and SpiceJet passengers but going forward it would be expanded to more airlines, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said in a release. Also Read - Micromax's comeback 'IN' series launch confirmed for November 3: What you need to know
“The introduction of the new self-bag-drop facility will ease the process of air travel. Our goal is to use technology to improve the passenger experience and to make airport operations more efficient,” said Javed Malik, chief operating officer, BIAL. Also Read - LG Wing set to launch in India on October 28: All you need to know
Besides, as many as 32 brand new self check-in kiosks will be installed to print boarding pass and baggage tags, which will help expediting the check-in process further, the company said.
The facility employs a two-step approach. A passenger must first print a boarding pass and an eezee-tag (bag tag) at a self check-in kiosk. Once tagged, the passenger should go to the bag drop machine, scan the boarding pass to initiate the bag drop process. The bag will be measured, weighed, scanned and automatically fed into the baggage handling system, BIAL said.
In case of excess baggage, the passenger will be directed to a hybrid counter to complete the check-in and payment, the company said, adding that multiple payment gateway options for excess baggage will be integrated into the machines at a later stage as part of the technology enhancement.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.