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Singapore Airlines will be the first airline in the world to trial IATA’s (International Air Transport Association) new ‘Travel Pass’ mobile app. In the app, passengers’ most recent COVID-19 test can be registered, and in the future it will also be possible to register vaccines in the same app.
The first flight trialling IATA’s digital travel pass will be from Singapore to London on 15 March 2021.
The airline will invite all passengers who have mobiles with Apple’s iOS operating system to download the IATA Travel Pass app, and create a digital ID that includes profile picture and passport information.
Passengers can then book their ‘before departure’ COVID test at one of seven selected clinics in Singapore.
In accordance with current legal requirements, passengers must also bring a physical copy of the test result.
All health information in one place
By gathering all relevant health information in a simple app, passengers can expect a faster and smoother check-in process in the future.
“The first phase of the trials helped to support SIA’s drive towards a secure and convenient industry standard for the verification of Covid-19 test results, and the health status of passengers including their vaccination status, in the future.
“That gives us the confidence that in the second phase, we can further streamline the verification process for eventual integration into SIA’s mobile application. This will help to provide a hassle-free digital solution for our customers in the new normal, and help to bring about a more seamless travel experience.”
JoAnn Tan, Acting Senior Vice President Marketing, Singapore Airlines.
Users will have control over how their personal information is shared, as data is only stored locally in the mobile phone – and not on a central database.
“Our partnership with Singapore Airlines for the first full deployment of the IATA Travel Pass will help get the world flying again. In the immediate term, it is the solution for travellers to safely and securely manage their travel health credentials. In the longer term, the digital identity elements of the IATA Travel Pass will place Singapore Airlines passengers at the front of the queue for an even more convenient contactless travel experience.”
Nick Careen, IATAs Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security .