Following a successful run with United Airlines this past October, four airlines will offer its passengers a digital health pass which will allow users to upload their COVID test status to an app on their mobile phones.
The four airlines: JetBlue, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, and Swiss International Air Lines will adopt Swiss based project Common Pass. It will be used for select flights in and out of New York, Boston, London, and Hong Kong.
Common Pass was developed by the nonprofit Common Project along with the World Economic Forum. It was first tested by volunteers on a Cathay Pacific Airways flight from Hong Kong to Singapore on October 6.
It was tested transatlantically later that month using volunteers from Heathrow Airport in London who landed at Newark Liberty International Airport. This trial was overseen by officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the Commons Project Foundation, the Airport Council International (ACI) World, which represents approximately 2,000 airports globally and five leading global airlines has also reportedly joined the CommonTrust Network.
The CommonTrust Network is a collection of vaccine distributors, health care providers that can provide individuals with digital access to their test results and vaccine information, and testing labs around the world.
Currently, COVID-19 test results for travel are frequently printed out with some even using photos of their printed results. Some of the tests are from unknown labs which can sometimes be written in languages foreign to those inspecting them.
With the overall successes, the Common Project aims to adopt this into airlines and routes in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. Digital COVID-19 health passports will most likely gain traction in the global travel industry in the upcoming months.
“We are excited to be one of the first airlines in the world to partner with CommonPass to provide another layer of safety to air travel in the United States and around the world. Reliable testing, combined with digital health passes, is another way to restore customer confidence and safely restore air travel,” said Joanna Geraghty president and chief operating officer at JetBlue.