An airport in Nepal will now make passengers carry plastic ID cards.
Kathmandu will make it mandatory for passengers to carry the ID cards due to a growing security concern. Passengers will have to carry a citizen certification, driver’s license and passport or other form of identification.
Most passengers purchase tickets through travel agencies, which account for 99 percent of all tickets sold. Now, all travel agencies will be requested to inform passengers to carry their ID cards. The Airline Operators Association of Nepal recently wrote to the travel agencies, informing them that any passenger who does not have an ID, their ticket could be cancelled.
“Some travel agencies were selling tickets to foreigners [especially non-resident Indians] under Nepali names and strictness over ID cards will bring such activities under control,” said Sita Worlds Travels deputy general manager Suraj Lamichhane.
Foreigners other than Indians will have to pay fees, which are more than double the amount of normal fares. The ID cards will be more useful for identification and insurance claim purposes, especially after the December Tara Air crash, in which Bhutanese passengers traveled under Nepali names. Relatives of the victims were unable to collect insurance because of the fake names used.
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