British Airways to be first UK airlines to trial ‘VeriFLY’ mobile health app

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Trainee Reporter
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UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways (BA) will test the VeriFLY mobile health passport on flights between London and the United States, as it aims to resolve the travel obstacles created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Through this, BA will become the first UK as well as the carrier outside America to trial the health application. The International Airlines Group (IAG)-owned carrier is following in the trail of American Airlines, which is the first US airline to use this health app.

VeriFLY integrates travel verification documents and COVID test results on a phone app to ensure passengers are compliant with destination entry criteria. The application will display a pass or fail message, depending on if the passenger meets the conditions required. The certified customers can be quickly tracked via the airport.

The flying is currently at minimum levels with flight volumes in Britain down more than 80 percent due to lockdowns and restrictions that prohibit most people from traveling.

Sean Doyle
Sean Doyle
CEO
British Airways

“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 travelers and governments on both sides of the Atlantic with the tools and the reassurance they need to make safe travel possible.”

Robert Isom, American Airlines’ President said, “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.”

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