British Airways will enrol the use of Verifly mobile health passports on flights from London to the United States this week, enlisting many other carriers around the world that have carried out a digital verification.
Starting Feb. 4, British Airways customers will be able to upload their COVID-19 test results and any mandatory travel documentation to the VeriFLY mobile app before arriving at the airport, according to the carrier.
Travellers who use the app will then be “fast-tracked” and authorized to designated check-in desks.
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.
Sean Doyle, British Airways’ CEO, said in a statement.
We remain focused and committed to finding user-friendly, evidence-based solutions to make journeys as seamless [as] they can be. Through these trials, we hope to provide travellers and governments on both sides of the Atlantic with the tools and the reassurance they need to make safe travel possible.”
The program will originally be accessible on British Airways flights from London to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Washington, Houston, and Seattle. Ultimately, the airline announced it anticipates expanding the program to flights from the U.S. to the UK.
The app will be discretionary and travellers will still, be able to take their documentation with them to the check-in counter.
The trial follows an identical rollout of the VeriFLY mobile travel health passport by American Airlines, British Airways’ Oneworld partner.