BRUSSELS, 5 October 2021: Flight Safety Foundation has
called on the aviation industry, regulators and health authorities worldwide to
accelerate the development of standardised and internationally accepted digital
health certificates and to have them widely deployed within one year.
“Commercial aviation has begun the long, slow climb out
of the travel trough created by the Covid-19 pandemic, but even the most
routine international trip is fraught with confusion and frustration about
acceptable documentation, testing requirements and the spectre of quarantines,
never mind the risk of fake Covid test results or vaccine status fraud,”
said the foundation president and CEO Hassan Shahidi. “To maximise
passenger health safety, we need a secure, globally accepted digital tool that
enables travellers to upload and carry with them their vaccine status, recent
test results or Covid-19 recovery status, and that will be recognised and
accepted wherever they go,” he said.
While dozens of airlines and countries have deployed digital
health certificates and apps, the pace of adoption of these tools has been slow
and uneven. The foundation is concerned that as travel picks up, airlines,
security personnel and immigration and border control agents are likely to be
faced with a bewildering array of testing and vaccine documents to process.
“The only way the industry is going to be able to move
forward safely and in a manner that instils confidence in travellers, aviation
industry personnel, regulators and health authorities is if all the
stakeholders pull together and prioritise development and adoption of these
tools,” said Capt. Conor Nolan, chair of the foundation’s board of
governors. “We need solutions that are scalable, interoperable, and that
ensure sensitive information remains secure.”
The foundation recently published on its website
“Guidance on Advancing Covid-19 Risk Mitigation in Air Travel,” which
includes recommendations on ensuring passenger health safety for air travel.
Development of the guidance material was informed by the Foundation’s Medical
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