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United Airlines will test digital health pass for UK-US flights

On Wednesday, United Airlines the national carrier of the USA is set to test a digital health pass to establish a common international standard of Covid-19 test results and will eventually open borders when the vaccine is announced.

The nonprofit initiative, Commonpass which is backed by World Economic Forum and Swiss-based firm The Commons Project and if found successful it could persuade governments to ease travel restriction and quarantine which the world suffers from due to the ongoing pandemic.

The initiative will start from the United Airlines flight from London Heathrow to Newark Liberty International Airport and the initiative will be followed by Cathay Pacific. Other large airlines will also follow trials in the month of November and December.

Paul Meyer, chief executive of The Commons Project, told a leading newspaper, “The goal of these trials is to demonstrate to governments that they can rely on someone getting tested in one country and present their credentials in another country,”

The volunteers who will take the debut flight with the Commonpass initiative will be observed by US CDC and will upload COVID-19 results from a certified lab to their smartphones along with complete health screening questions to generate a QR code that the airlines and staff members can scan and verify.

They will present the code, which can be printed for passengers without mobile devices, before departing and on arrival.

With this project, it aims to build a network of trusted labs and would rely on the results and vaccination records that can be certified across borders and this method will replace the current method of sharing paper-based data and easily falsified test results in labs.

“The labs would verify a person’s identity for the app, which is designed to protect personal data and privacy,” said Meyer“The model only works if countries agree to trust health data from other countries,” he continued.

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