- American Airlines will launch a mobile “health passport” for international passengers traveling to the United States.
- Passengers can use the Verifly app to upload negative COVID-19 test results and other necessary documents.
- The application will be available to American Airlines customers on January 23.
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American Airlines said on Thursday that American Airlines will launch a mobile “health passport” for international passengers arriving in the United States from January 23.
The airline’s announcement comes after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) made a decision on Tuesday to require all U.S. travelers to enter the United States with negative COVID-1
In order to meet the new requirements of the CDC, American Airlines will use Verifly’s mobile application platform to produce health passports. The app will then allow travelers to confirm travel requirements and upload negative COVID-19 test results and other documents needed to fly to the United States.
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According to American Airlines, the airline is the first airline in the United States to introduce this health passport system, which can theoretically be used for similar vaccination certificates if needed in the future.
“We support the implementation of a global program that requires travelers to the United States to be tested for COVID-19, and we want to do everything we can to make travel a seamless experience for our customers,” said Julie Russ, vice president of customer experience at American Airlines (Julie Rath) The airline said in a statement.
The mobile health passport will be available to American Airlines flight crews from January 23. U.S. travelers flying to Jamaica, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras can already use the app.
The introduction of such a passport is not the only strategy American Airlines has used to ease travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the airline announced that it would start offering PCR tests at home for US$129 to potentially help passengers avoid isolation.