British Airways Becomes First UK Carrier to Test VeriFLY Mobile Health Passport
The VeriFLY app will certify test certificates and travel documents on a customer’s personal device before they leave home and provide fast track clearance at the airport. The trial begins on February 4, 2021 on all flights between London and the U.S.
On Friday (January 29, 2021), British Airways announced that they will become the first UK airline to test the VeriFLY mobile health passport. The new digital health passport will certify test certificates and travel documents on a customer’s personal device before they leave home. The trial, which is being conducted in partnership with British Airways’ joint business and oneworld partner, American Airlines, will begin on February 4, 2021 for all flights between London and the US. Use of the VeriFLY app will remain optional and customers may still provide US entry eligibility documentation at check-in. In Friday’s announcement, British Airways’ CEO, Sean Doyle, said,
“Although flying is currently restricted, it is essential we do as much as we can now to help those who are eligible to fly and prepare to help our customers navigate the complexities around changing global entry requirements when the world re-opens. We remain focused and committed to finding user-friendly, evidence-based solutions to make journeys as seamless they can be. Through these trials, we hope to provide travellers and governments on both sides of the Atlantic with the tools and the reassurance they need to make safe travel possible.”
Also commenting on the expanded VeriFLY trial, American Airlines’ President, Robert Isom, added,
“We are pleased to be working hand-in-hand again with our partner, British Airways, to make transatlantic travel as seamless as possible for those who are permitted to fly by utilizing the latest in digital technology.”
VeriFLY can be downloaded to a customer’s mobile device from the iOS APP Store of Google Play Stores and after completing a secure profile, the app will prompt the guest to enter their flight information, negative COVID-19 test results and other required documentation. The platform will then match the test results with the destination country’s regulations and display a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ message. The VeriFLY app will also notify customers once the credential has expired.
As previously mentioned, the trial will begin on February 4, 2021 for British Airways’ flights between London and the US. During the second phase, which will be implemented soon, the trial will be extended to the UK from the US across both airlines, making British Airways and American Airlines the first transatlantic partners to offer a digital solution for guests traveling to the UK.
Source: British Airways