From now until May 27, Malaysia Airlines passengers flying from Kuala Lumpur to London will be part of the trial group for the IATA Travel Pass app.
Malaysia Airlines announced it is the first airline in the country and one of the first few in the world to trial the app, which is used for digital health verification.
“Selected passengers travelling on MH4 [that] departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 9.05am this morning were the first to have access to the new application, bringing all the information passengers need to know in order to travel in one simple easy-to-navigate application.
“At this stage, only passengers with mobile phones running the Ios operating system were able to take part in the pilot,” it said.
A centralised hub for all the necessary information, the IATA Travel Pass allows passengers to fly amid changing travel requirements and strict safety and security by making it easier for authorities to see their verification and flight status approval.
“It will allow passengers to create a digital ID comprising their profile photos coupled with an ePassport formed from their passport information. Passengers can input the details of their travels on to the application and receive up-to-date information on the travel requirements of their journey.
“With 15 clinics and accredited testing labs across the Klang Valley and more to come as the airline works towards a network-wide roll-out, passengers will be able to use the ‘Connect’ feature on the application to register at the clinic/lab with the flight information and digital ID logged on it. Centralised on the app, passengers will then be able to view their test results as well as their confirmation to fly directly,” it said.
However, it noted that at this stage of the trial, passengers must still present their physical documents at check-in as per government and airline requirements, with their confirmed status expediting the process.
“With the sensitive nature of the information shared, passengers have full control over their personal information, as passenger data and information are stored locally on the passengers’ mobile phones instead of a centralised database,” it explained.
Malaysia Airlines is carrying out the pilot in preparation for its own Digital Travel Health Pass on its mobile app, it added.
Resourced from The Edge Markets