(03 Mar 2021) Singapore Airlines was the first to commence a trial
of the IATA Travel Pass in late 2020. Since then, Air New Zealand,
Copa, Emirates, Etihad Airways, IAG, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar
Airways, Rwanda Air and Qantas have all become part of the
initiative, and IATA is in talks with all the other airlines.
So, what is the IATA Travel Pass, and what does it
mean for travellers, airlines and the global travel industry?
In this exclusive video interview with IATA’s Regional
Director Airports and External Relations – Asia Pacific, Vinoop
Goel, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks about
Timatic, why it is so important for the airline industry, what
it does, and what role it plays in the Travel Pass which IATA is
currently developing and testing with different airlines around
Vinoop explains what the IATA Travel Pass is all
about, how the launch, currently scheduled for end-March 2021,
will work, and why it has been created in the first place.
We discuss the IATA Travel Pass’ security
features, whether a traveller needs to be connected to a mobile
network or an airport’s WiFi for it to work, and what happens if
someone does not have a smartphone.
Vinoop explains the different modules within the
IATA Travel Pass and tells us more about the Contactless Travel
App which is designed to become a digital passport, or ID, that
would allow a true contactless travel experience.
With so many hotels and airline tickets being
booked online, Steven asks whether IATA is working with any OTAs
on the project, and, as one of the main reasons to develop the
IATA Travel Pass has been to stop the use of fake COVID19 test /
vaccine certificates, where does IATA draw the line and end the
Travel Pass’ functionality?
Or, will the IATA Travel Pass eventually be used
by governments around the world to enable track and trace, and/or
for hotels, restaurants, pubs, theatres, land transportation
companies and the like to be able to check whether a person has
been tested/vaccinated as well. All that and much, much more in
the video and podcast below.
IATA Travel Pass – Exclusive
Video Interview with Vinoop Goel
As the above video interview was conducted over the internet, I
would like to apologise that the audio and visual quality are not
up to the same HD/UHD quality that it normally would be. Hopefully it won’t be too
long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews
in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank
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