American Airlines is expanding the scope of its immunity credential trial with mobile biometrics specialist Daon. The two companies launched the trial in November, with the release of a new VeriFLY mobile app that allows passengers to share COVID-19 test results without disclosing other personal information.
The initial trial was originally offered only to passengers flying from Miami to Jamaica, but will now be extended to passengers flying between Miami and Santiago, Chile. The VeriFLY service will go live on December 7. The app itself is intended to inform people about COVID protocols at their destination, and to speed up the health screening process accordingly.
Chile will also be one of two new jurisdictions offering support for American Airlines’ pre-flight COVID-19 testing program, which is realized through a partnership with LetsGetChecked. The program allows American Airlines passengers to complete a PCR test from the comfort of their own home, though they do need to set up a virtual appointment with a medical professional, who will observe to make sure the test is administered properly.
The US Virgin Islands is the other jurisdiction offering LetsGetChecked. People flying to Chile must complete their COVID test within a 72-hour window before their flight, while Virgin Islands travelers have a slightly more lenient five-day window. The Chilean program will be available with VeriFLY as of December 7. The Virgin Islands program will begin on December 9, for passengers flying St. Croix from Charlotte and Miami, and for passengers flying to St. Thomas from Charlotte, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
“Our pre-flight testing program and our mobile app trial are essential tools that will help our customers return to the skies,” said American Airlines Miami, Caribbean, and Latin America VP Juan Carlos Liscano. “We are committed to helping restart travel and tourism in the countries we serve.”
December 3, 2020 – by Eric Weiss