For all my fellow travelers that I have been working around the COVID pandemic, this is definitely an article you’re going to want to refer to. Especially if you’re thinking about flying anywhere internationally in the 2021 Year.
Airlines are now considering having digital health passports for travelers soon. According to healthcaredive.com, “The technology launched by the Commons Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum allows travelers to document their COVID-19 status electronically and present it when boarding an airplane or crossing a border.” Given the rise in this digital age with the latest advancements, this just might be the next best thing for travelers.
The reported test trials runs of five major airlines have shown success in the process of digital health passports. According to healthcaredive.com, “United was the first U.S. carrier to trial CommonPass, on a transatlantic flight Oct. 21 from London’s Heathrow airport to Newark airport in New Jersey. That was followed by another trial on a Cathay Pacific Airways flight between Hong Kong and Singapore in November. Both trials were successful, according to the groups.” Despite Public health officials urging and advising citizens to cease non-essential trials to stop the spread, air carriers’ are trying to be as equipped as possible given the traveling rates. Due to many states and countries still allowing outside travel, many major carriers are beginning to offer COVID-19 tests near the airport, nearby drive-through locations, and/or mail-in tests.
The new age of traveling is completely changing right before our eyes. But fortunately, it’ll be for the greater good. Make sure you’re prepared and aware for the upcoming changes of major airlines.
By Kori Barnes, Junior, UNLV