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British Airways to use vaccine passport app Verifly

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British Airways announced on Friday that it was planning to use the Verifly app to check vaccination, Covid-19 testing and other health status certifications on smartphones.

Trials with the app, produced by the Fairfax, Virginia-based Daon will begin on February 4th, on flights to the US, the airline said in a statement. Use of the Verifly app will not be mandatory, but check-in procedures are liable to be more complex without it.

The app will allow customers to complete all verification before leaving home, leading to a faster experience at the airport, the statement said. This allows both the airline and passengers to avoid a potential contact point at the airport and simplifies check-in.

After the passenger uploads the necessary certificates, the app shows a pass-or-fail message, depending on if the passenger meets the requirements required, including whether the passenger has a valid reason for making the trip.

There is currently a range of other solutions being developed, including the IATA Travel Pass. The EU Commission has agreed to standards for vaccine vertification, but only for medical use at this point.
Commenting on the roll-out of the app, British Airways CEO Sean Doyle said,

“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.”

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