The International Air Transport Association has seen strong industry adoption of its IATA Travel Pass, a mobile app that helps travelers store, manage and share their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. Indeed, more than 60 airlines have agreed to test the digital initiative to allow people to travel safely around the world.
Now, in another notable endorsement for the solution, a key player in the airline chain – Collins Aerospace – has partnered with IATA to help integrate Travel Pass into airline passenger management systems.
Collins, a Raytheon Technologies company, said it would facilitate the integration of the IATA Travel Pass into airlines’ passenger management systems using its TransAction solution, which will allow secure interchange. passenger data between airlines and the IATA Travel Pass mobile application.
TransAction is already used by airlines around the world to share information about passenger journeys. It is basically “middleware that resides in the cloud and can connect airline host systems with web service devices” like Collins’ SelfPass, a biometric solution for passenger processing, and now IATA Travel. Pass, a spokesperson for Collins told Runway Girl Network.
Nick Careen, IATA senior vice president of operations, safety and security, said in a statement that by adopting the IATA Travel Pass in this manner, Collins “is helping airlines accelerate its adoption. providing a tool to seamlessly and securely integrate airline passenger management systems with Travel Pass to allow travelers to upload their flight details into the app.
“More than half of the world’s borders have some sort of travel restriction in place, but we see the rollout of vaccinations and improved testing measures as positive steps towards restoring passenger confidence in air travel.” , notes LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager of Information Management Services and head of Collins Aerospace’s Redefining Air Travel task force.
“With the use of Collins Aerospace technology, Travel Pass will verify the secure flow of information necessary to give governments the confidence to reopen their borders. “
The functionalities of the IATA Travel Pass application four key modules.
The application can be downloaded from the Apple Store and google play but travelers will only be able to use it if their airline is part of a trial.
Air New Zealand, Aeromexico, All Nippon Airways, Copa Airlines, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, Ethiopian Airlines, IAG Group Airlines (including Aer Lingus, British Airways and Vueling), Japan Airlines, Korean Air, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, SAUDIA, SWISS, Vietnam Airlines and Virgin Atlantic are just a few of the carriers currently participating in an IATA Travel Pass trial.
During a press briefing this morning, IATA Managing Director Willie Walsh lamented the strict travel restrictions in place in various countries, including those with robust vaccination deployments like the United States, which currently ban travelers from Europe.
“When the restrictions are lifted, demand is very high. People want to travel, ”he said.
As this happens around the world, IATA, Collins Aerospace and many airlines are poised to deliver a smoother passenger experience with the increasingly recognized IATA Travel Pass for managing, sharing and redeeming. storage of COVID-19 test and vaccine data.