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At a time when the Railways and even many bus operators accept SMS tickets, India’s airports still insist on printed tickets. And airlines are now exploiting that by introducing a Rs 50 to Rs 100 charge if you ask for a printout of your ticket at the airport.
The problem is the airport entrance security that is managed by the India’s armed industrial police CISF. Clearance to accept tickets on mobile devices has to come from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and that will take time.