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November 25, 20 - 6:32 pm - LABS

Airlines offer passengers ‘Covid-free passes’ as a way to promote tourism: FT

Five global airlines will start offering passengers use of a digital health pass to certify they are Covid-free before travel, reported Financial Times. United Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss International Air Lines and JetBlue will begin rolling out the so-called CommonPass to passengers on some flights from December. 

The project is developed by a non-profit group called The Commons Project and backed by the World Economic Forum. It uses a mobile digital certificate to show that the passenger has tested negative for COVID-19. According to Financial Times, passengers will be able to use the certificate as proof of a negative test if the country they are visiting requires one.

The CommonPass is not mandatory, but in time it will also be used to provide proof of vaccination, according to the media outlet. The idea is that the CommonPass will substitute the quarantine period upon arrivals.