The introduction of vaccine passports and other such measures will make it easier for passengers to travel post-Covid.
Airlines around the world have been consistently embracing innovative measures for smooth passenger travel experience during the Covid-19 pandemic.
While the U.S. government has ruled out any compulsory vaccine passport at the federal level, industry executives believe that the introduction of vaccine passports and other measures that provide the personal health data of travellers to airlines and governments will make it easier for passengers to travel.
Below is a list of some of the measures taken by the aviation industry for smoother passenger travel and to expedite the recovery of the sector.
IATA Travel Pass
The Travel Pass mobile app by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is aimed at re-opening borders and making governments confident that they are effectively mitigating the risk of importing Covid-19.
The app helps travellers to store and manage their verified certifications for Covid-19 tests or vaccines. It helps governments to verify the authenticity of tests or vaccinations and the identity of those presenting their certificates.
EU Covid-19 travel certificate pass
The European Union is working on a Covid-19 certificate to help citizens travel more freely across the 27-nation bloc and open up summer tourism. The certificate would be handed out for free by health authorities to people who have received a vaccine, had a negative test or are immune, having recovered from Covid. But no one will be obliged by law to use the certificate.
The World Economic Forum’s CovidPass uses blockchain technology to store encrypted data from individual blood tests, allowing users to prove that they have tested negative for Covid-19. Unlike contact tracing apps, CovidPass will not track users’ movements.