Starting February 4, British Airways is trialling a new travel health app, VeriFLY, with passengers who are eligible to travel between London and the US from February 4.
VeriFLY offers passengers a secure and simple way to confirm their destination’s COVID-19 requirements.
The app allows passengers to combine travel verification documents and Covid-19 test results in one place. It then verifies that the passenger’s data matches a country’s requirements and displays a simple pass or fail message.
Certified passengers will be fast-tracked through the airport where specially designated desks will be available for check in.
Use of the VeriFLY app is optional and passengers can still bring their documents to the airport as normal.
British Airways is the first airline in the UK to trial the use of a mobile travel health passport for passengers travelling from London.
American Airlines, British Airways’ joint business and oneworld partner, first trialled the app last November. It now allows all passengers to use VeriFLY when they are travelling to the US from all international destinations.
British Airways is also simultaneously conducting a testing trial with American Airlines and oneworld on some routes from the US to the UK.
How it works
Passengers download the VeriFLY app to a mobile device from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.
They create a secure profile on their mobile device and are then prompted to confirm details for their trip including:
- Their flight information.
- A negative COVID-19 test that fulfills their destination’s requirements.
- Any required documentation for travel to their destination based upon requirements published at that time.
As passengers verify each required element for travel, the app verifies that the passengers’s data matches a country’s requirements and displays a simple ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ message. This simple message will streamline the check-in and documentation verification process at the airport before departure.
The app also provides passengers with reminders when their travel window is coming to a close or once their credential has expired.
The app comes from Daon, a privately owned company based in Virginia, USA.
N.B. Image credit: British Airways