Following a trial period that began in early October, the
'CommonPass' digital health passport will expand use in December with
JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines, United Airlines and
Virgin Atlantic using it for select flights departing New York, Boston,
London and Hong Kong.
CommonPass is a collaborative effort of the World Economic Forum, the
non-profit Commons Project Foundation and public and private partners
from 37 countries. The trial in October was done by Cathay Pacific
Airways and United Airlines on flights between Hong Kong, Singapore,
London and New York.
CommonPass is an app that stores and verifies a traveller's Covid-19
test status by assessing whether test results come from a trusted source
and whether they satisfy the screening requirements of the destination.
The system delivers a “yes” or “no” while keeping the health
“Through our 'Safety from the Ground Up' program, JetBlue has been a
leader in providing a layered approach to safety on the ground and in
the air, including being the first U.S. airline to require facial
coverings,” said Joanna Geraghty, president, and chief operating
“We are excited to be one of the first airlines in the world to
partner with CommonPass to provide another layer of safety to air travel
in the United States and around the world. Reliable testing, combined
with digital health passes, is another way to restore customer
confidence and safely restore air travel.”
Also revealed on 25 November was an update from the Airport Council
International World, representing 2,000 airports globally, who joined
the CommonTrust Network, which also includes the participating airlines
and a global network of labs, vaccine distributors and health care
“The members of the CommonTrust Network are coming together to
implement an inclusive global network designed to empower individuals
with digital access to their health information so they can protect and
improve their health, and demonstrate their health status to safely
return to travel, work, school, and life, while protecting their data
privacy,” said Paul Meyer, CEO of The Commons Project Foundation.
“We welcome collaboration with key stakeholders across all sectors, including IATA in aviation.”
CommonPass is just one of several digital health passports in development.
On 23 November, IATA announced it will conduct a pilot of its IATA
Travel Pass before the end of 2020, with launch slated for the first
quarter of 2021.
“Today borders are double locked. Testing is the first key to enable
international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the
global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and
verify test data matched with traveller identities in compliance with
border control requirements. That’s the job of IATA Travel Pass,” said
Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO.
“We are bringing this to market in the coming months to also meet the
needs of the various travel bubbles and public health corridors that
are starting operation.”
Also in November, Ink Aviation, a provider of technology solutions to
airports and airlines, announced the launch of the Ink Digital Health
Platform in partnership with Tento Health.
The platform allows passengers to verify their health credentials
using options such as biometrics, health wallet QR codes, physical
passports and boarding passes and works with any departure control
system, immigration systems and all self-sovereign digital health
And International SOS, a medical and security services company
serving more than 11,000 clients globally, has launched AOKpass, in
conjunction with the International Chamber of Commerce. The app, which
uses blockchain technology to store COVID-19 health status, was tested
in September on routes from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi and is expected to
announce more pilots soon.