With the ongoing rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, health passports have become an increasingly common conversation topic over the past few months. In essence, the passport itself is an application containing tools and resources that can help travelers find testing or vaccinations for COVID-19 in addition to providing documentation of negative test results and vaccines. Since February, more and more international airlines, airports, and national governments have explored the concept and even begun testing the health passport as part of their daily operations.

Recent news includes several airlines embracing the IATA Travel Pass, which has quickly become a leading contender in the industry. Utilizing a native app, IATA created a format that has allowed for several major air travel milestones including flights with fully vaccinated cabins and crews. But there is much more work to be done to bring the health pass to more people, airlines, and airports. This is especially important as more countries work to bring tourism back safely.

Connected Aviation Today takes a look at industry news that reflects the current state of health passports and where they are likely headed:

Iberia Becomes the First to Use IATA’s Health Passport to South America

Simply Flying shares that Spanish air carrier Iberia has become one the first airlines to use the IATA health passport in flights to South America. Aside from being a major milestone representing the return of several Latin hubs, the news of Iberia utilizing health passports presents another strong example of how the industry is embracing the concept.

The article details how IATA’s specific health passport is being used and the best practices that go along with it. In a time when aviation industry players must work together to bolster passenger confidence, this latest news represents a major step in the right direction.

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Health Passports, Travel and Green Passes; the Future is Digital.

Referencing the trends that are pushing airlines towards digital transformation, the International Travel & Health Insurance Journal (ITIJ) shares its insights on what the future of travel will look like and how the business behind it will operate. As always, there will be overlap between sectors of the service industry, and the ITIJ presents a look at how health passports will likely come into play in a variety of ways that directly influence airport and airline operations.

While this piece is forward-thinking, looking at the destination is as important as the journey on the road to recovery. Understanding how insurance will be impacted by virtual health tokens and other such transformative innovations is crucial, and decision-makers need to be ahead of the curve instead of riding on it.

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Vaccine Passports: How to Prove You’ve Gotten Your COVID-19 Shots for Travel and Avoid Scams

An article appearing in USA Today makes the health passport mainstream, and it points to a global economy that is ready to embrace the concept. Passengers are preparing to utilize these products and applications to better facilitate safe travel, but as the article notes, there are already scammers looking to take advantage of the new systems.

Preventing fraud and scams must be a priority if passengers are to feel comfortable using these new systems. Airlines and airports that use health passports need to prepare for the whole number of new cyber threat issues and unexpected glitches that arise when something new is introduced.

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Kevin Tierney

About Kevin Tierney

Kevin is an Editor for Connected Aviation Today and contributes content and helps drive the editorial strategy for the site. Kevin covers a wide range of topics at the intersection of public sector technology and federal government modernization initiatives. Kevin brings to the team his background in US Government operations and various technology channels specifically cloud based information sharing services and monitoring platforms.