Airports in India are aiming to reduce check-in queues by introducing baggage drop kiosks.
The Times of India reports that the Indian government has asked airport operators to create special kiosks that weigh a passenger’s checked bags and create luggage tags.
“We are working on the baggage self check-in machines. These would be installed at 10 to 13 of our major airports. Bengaluru airport will be experimenting this soon,” RK Srivastava, chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) told the newspaper.
Unlike other baggage drop areas, some of the Indian facilities would have a payment facility. If a passenger’s baggage weighs more than the airline’s limit, passengers would be able to pay the extra baggage charges by credit card.
“The machines would weigh bags and indicate if the flyer has to pay excess baggage charges. The kiosk would have payment facility using cards. AAI-run Chennai and Kolkata airports would get these machines,” the Times of India quoted an unnamed government official as saying.