After the first successful phase of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) trial on digital verification systems, Singapore Airlines prepares to pilot IATA’s Travel pass App from 15 to 28 March 2021. The airline was also the first airline in the world to start trials on the digital health verification process of Covid-19 test Results and vaccinations through IATA’S Travel pass framework back on 23 December 2020.
As of 08 March 2021, passengers who are traveling from Singapore to London from 25 to 28 March will require the IATA Travel Pass App where they have to input their travel history, Covid-19 vaccination details.
Back in January Etihad Airways and Emirates become the first Airlines to trail the IATA’s (International Air Transport Association) Travel Pass globally and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
All passengers who are using their smartphones with Apple’s iOS will be automatically invited to download the Travel pass App. Passengers then can create their profile and a digital ID, which needs their profile picture and their passport’s details. In addition to these, passengers will also be able to add their flight information.
Once the passenger verifies their Covid-19 Vaccines status and their travel history, the app will show them the confirmation status to fly. To make the reports authentic and authorized, Singapore Airlines have added seven clinics in their portal from which passengers can test Covid-19 before their flight.
However, the checking system is not limited to only digital forms. Passengers also need to bring the physical report or certificate of the Covid-19 test during their check-in period at Changi Airport before their flight departure.
If the pilot has successful outcomes, Singapore Airlines will advance to integrate the entire digital health verification system in its SingaporeAir mobile app, through the IATA’s Travel pass Framework. The plan can be expected to be in action from around mid-2021.
Since the users will be adding their crucial information into the app, IATA has clarified that the users will have full access to their information and how their information will be shared. The organizations have given the privacy of health data a top-notch priority. Also, as the data will be stored in the local storages (mobile phones) and not in the central database, the information of the users is highly secured.
With the use of IATA’s Travel pass App, there will be quick airport checkups, a safe travel experience, and a boost to a seamless travel experience. In addition to Singapore Airlines, it will also collaborate with its partnering airlines in Singapore and around the world to facilitate these trails.
Ms. JoAnn Tan, Acting Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, said: “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.
He also adds that, since the first phase was effective, the second phase of IATA’s Travel Pass App will also be effective. And further, to integrate the digital verification system into SIA mobile application. And once the application gets implemented, it will provide a hassle-free digital solution for SIA’s customers to allow them to have a more seamless travel experience.