As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out, each country finds itself in a different phase of managing the pandemic and protecting the safety of its citizens. This reality is pushing the aviation industry to create a digital health passport that allows relevant COVID-19 personal health data to flow safely from passenger to airline to border patrol. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) digital health platform Travel Pass has been developed to support the safe reopening of borders and will be supported by industry partners, such as Collins Aerospace.
“Currently, it is the passenger’s responsibility to research the testing or vaccination requirements based on their itinerary for each country and then prove that they have passed the appropriate tests or meet those requirements,” Tony Chapman , senior director of product management and strategy at Collins Aerospace explained. “On the other hand, airlines have to manually review the paper documentation provided, which has not been standardized across countries, and authenticate the information. As borders open up and we see more and more passengers traveling overseas, this will not be scalable. “
Chapman explained that the goal of digital health passports is to ease the burden on the passenger and the airline by digitizing the process. This would include aligning a passenger’s route with required test and reporting protocols, digitally collecting test results, and transferring results indicating that required tests have been met to airlines and, future, to the host countries.
The success of a global digital health passport, like the IATA Travel Pass, relies on a system that can exchange, validate and authenticate all national regulations regarding the travel requirements of COVID-19 passengers. Additionally, passenger health data – limited to COVID-19 results – must be verified and transmitted securely.
“Airlines around the world are already using our technology to exchange travel information to ensure that passengers comply with airline business requirements. Health requirements are now added to this information, ”explained Chapman. “For the verification and validation of information, biometric registration is a key part of the mobile application to ensure that the passenger and the data associated with the passenger are verified and authenticated. “
Collins Aerospace will help integrate IATA’s Travel Pass platform into airline passenger management systems using the company’s TransAction ™ solution, which enables the secure exchange of passenger data between airlines and the IATA Travel Pass platform. TransAction is already used by airlines around the world to exchange data between airline applications and hosts. “With many of these relationships already in place, we were able to respond very quickly with the integration because we already had the platform base and the integration was already being used for other purposes,” explained Chapman.
For airlines that want to get started with Travel Pass, the integration is simple and streamlined. For passengers, the application is now available on the app stores and downloadable from your mobile in this ongoing trial phase.
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