The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has developed a new industry standard with the aim of making the idea of travellers arriving at the airport ready-to-fly another step closer to reality.
Some digital systems are already in place at airports, such as boarding without paper documentation as the boarding pass is linked to a biometric identifier. However, travellers still have to prove admissibility at check-in or the boarding gate by producing physical documents like passports, visas and health credentials.
A new standard from IATA on the ‘Digitalisation of Admissibility’ hopes to advance the One ID initiative – whereby passengers can prove their identity and travel requirements prior to departure and identify themselves at each airport touchpoint through biometric recognition – helping them avoid all airport document checks.
Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President for Operations, Safety and Security, said: “The recent IATA Global Passenger survey found that 83 per cent of travellers are willing to share immigration information for expedited processing. That is why we are confident this will be a popular option for travellers when it is implemented.
“And there is good incentive for airlines and governments as well, with improved data quality, streamlined resourcing requirements and identification of admissibility issues before passengers get to the airport.”