All Nippon Airways Co. will test the International Air Transport Association Travel Pass on ANA flights from Tokyo to Honolulu and New York through June 6. The smartphone app displays results of travelers’ polymerase chain reaction tests – currently a requirement for entry in most countries – – and vaccination status.
A passenger (R) shows a smartphone to All Nippon Airways ground staff during a test drive of the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass mobile app at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on May 24 2021 (Kyodo)
A 52-year-old man, who participated in the trial, said at Haneda Airport in Tokyo: “It was convenient because I only had to show my smartphone. “
A total of 32 airliners said they would join the trial, according to ANA, which previously tested a similar app backed by the World Economic Forum called CommonPass in March.
The trials took place as Japan planned to introduce “vaccine passports” to make it easier for people vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel abroad.
“Since it is important to create an environment in which (passengers) can travel with peace of mind, the aviation industry has high hopes” for the IATA application, said Tadashi Matsushita, an ANA executive in charge of project, adding that the company wishes to put it into practice as soon as possible.
“IATA Travel Pass allows passengers to easily verify if they meet their destination’s COVID-19 testing requirements and share their test results with airlines and authorities in a secure manner,” said the president of the ANA Yuji Hirako earlier this year in a statement.