A new digital “health passport” has been piloted by a small number of passengers flying from the UK to the US for the first time this week under plans for a global framework for Covid-safe air travel.
The CommonPass system, backed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), is designed to create a common international standard for passengers to demonstrate they do not have coronavirus.
The trial applied for passengers flying from Heathrow to Newark, USA, on a United Airlines flight on Wednesday this week.
Tests from the private testing company Prenetics were administered by the travel and medical services firm Collinson in Covid-19 testing facilities set up with Swissport. It follows a pilot by Cathay Pacific on flights between Hong Kong and Singapore.
Green Motion Founder & CEO Richard Lowden said, "In the current climate everything needs to be done to make travel as safe as possible, whilst enabling travellers to get back to travelling. This trial at London Heathrow gives us a glimpse of what the future of travel in a post-pandemic world may look like."
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