British Airways have announced a new trial of the VeriFLY health passport app which allows passengers to validate their Covid test certificates before departing for the airport.
The trial began on 4th February on the airline’s transatlantic routes between London and the USA (including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington). The app will run in conjunction with Oneworld partner American Airlines who are already using the technology on international flights to the USA. Both airlines announced a second phase of the trial will follow soon allowing passengers to use the app when travelling from the US to the UK.
Customers can download the VeriFLY app to their mobile device where they can check that they meet the entry requirements of their destination and provide the relevant health documentation. Once the traveller has submitted the information, the app will deliver a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ result. At the airport, travellers who have used the app and received a pass message will be fast-tracked to designated desks for check in.
British Airways have noted however that the app is optional and passengers can provide the required health documentation at the standard check-in desks if they prefer.
British Airways’ CEO Sean Doyle commented:
“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.”