British Airways expands trial of mobile health app

British Airways will expand its trial of mobile travel health app to all inbound international flights to the UK from February 15, as the government tightens border controls.

BA started trials with VeriFLY on flights between London and the US on February 4.

Use of the VeriFLY app is optional for all eligible customers.

The app certifies test certificates and required travel documentation on a personal mobile device.

BA said it helps passengers have “a seamless journey by ensuring customers are ready to fly and have the appropriate documentation in place, before departing for the airport”.

The trial is part of the airline’s research into digital health travel wallet and document verification services which help customers and support the government in ensuring conformance with the UK’s entry requirements.

Iata is working closely with IAG, BA’s parent company, on the Iata Travel Pass app which is being developed to launch in the coming weeks.

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Sean Doyle, BA chief executive, said: “We know that digital health apps and wallets will likely become commonplace when travel opens up again.

“We are exploring every available solution to support eligible customers and the UK government both during this period of limited travel and in preparation for a time when restrictions are eased, when we hope many more people will be able to resume flying again.”

American Airlines, BA’s joint business and oneworld partner, offers customers the opportunity to use VeriFLY when they are travelling to the US from all international destinations.

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