British Airways has expanded the scope of its VeriFLY trial. The digital credentialing service is now available to passengers on all of the airline’s inbound international flights to the United Kingdom as of February 15.
British Airways began its VeriFLY trial on February 4, giving passengers the opportunity to use the app on all flights from London to the United States. It later extended service to inbound flights from the US, and is now doing so again to provide inbound VeriFLY coverage for the rest of the world.
With VeriFLY, travelers can check their destination’s COVID-19 requirements before going to the airport, giving them an opportunity to get their documents in order. They can also use the app to link their travel documents to their COVID-19 test results, and share those credentials with without disclosing any other personal information.
The solution is designed to streamline the travel experience. Using the service is optional, though passengers that opt in will enjoy an expedited screening process when they arrive at the airport. Those that don’t will still need to complete a more traditional screening process and provide evidence of their health and travel status.
“We know that digital health apps and wallets will likely become commonplace when travel opens up again,” said British Airways CEO Sean Doyle. “We are exploring every available solution to support eligible customers and the UK government during this period of limited travel and in preparation for a time when restrictions are eased.”
In other news, British Airways parent company IAG confirmed that it is working with IATA to help develop the latter’s own Travel Pass app, which is expected to launch in the next few weeks. VeriFLY is developed by Daon, and debuted in November when American Airlines trialed the app on flights from Miami to Jamaica. American Airlines is a British Airways partner, and is now offering VeriFLY coverage on all inbound flights to the United States.
February 19, 2021 – by Eric Weiss