The idea of storing your health data on your smartphone might seem a little dangerous, especially if that information is leaked, but it seems that the concept might now be put to the test because starting in December, several major airlines have announced that they will start to accept digital health passes to allow passengers to prove that they are COVID-19 free.
This will be available to passengers on selected flights operated by United Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss International Air Lines, and JetBlue where they will use the CommonPass certificate on their smartphones to help prove to airlines that they are free from the virus and are allowed to travel.
Given that the effects of the pandemic will probably be felt for years to come, this seems like a good idea, especially given that it can help restart the tourism and travel industry again as we imagine that in the future, countries may start to require that visitors prove that they do not have COVID-19 in order to gain entry.
Right now, most countries are still not necessarily accepting tourists. Some are allowing visitors who are there for business or emergency-related purposes, but require these visitors to undergo a test upon arrival and self-quarantine. With these digital health passes, it could make things easier and more efficient, especially if it’s coming from a body that’s recognized worldwide.