Will a digital health pass restore travel demand? - Gulf Times

Cathay Pacific, United, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, and Swiss International Air Lines are already trialling the “CommonPass” digital health pass.
CommonPass lets individuals access their lab results and vaccination records, and consent to have that information used to validate their Covid status without revealing any other underlying personal health information. Lab results and vaccination records can be accessed through existing health data systems, national or local registries or personal digital health records.
“Individual national responses will not be sufficient to address this global crisis. Bans, bubbles and quarantines may provide short term protection, but developed and developing nations alike need a long-term, flexible and risk-based approach like CommonPass,” says Christoph Wolff, Head of Mobility, World Economic Forum.
The Airport Council International (ACI) World, representing nearly 2,000 airports globally (including most major international hubs in the US and abroad), has also joined the CommonTrust Network – the collection of entities that have agreed to recognise and work with CommonPass.
In October, the CommonPass was successfully trailed on a Cathay Pacific Airways flight from Hong Kong to Singapore and on an United flight from London’s Heathrow Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Passengers were able to download the app, upload their Covid-19 test information to it, and have the health data be scanned upon arrival.
“As the world works to overcome the pandemic, all countries face the challenge of how to reopen borders for travel and commerce while protecting their populations’ health,” ACI World director general Luis Felipe de Oliveira said in a statement. “Key to this will be a globally harmonised approach underpinned by cooperation and consistency between all players in the aviation industry.”
The aviation industry is hopeful that passenger testing can restart international travel but many governments, including the UK’s, have stuck to blunt measures such as self-isolation requirements for