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IATA is looking to a future beyond passports and airport check-in desks
Passports, tickets and airport check-ins could be a thing of the past if the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) gets its way.
The aviation body has developed industry standards that will make hassle-free international travel a reality if adopted worldwide.
IATA’s newly released Recommended Practice on Digitalisation of Admissibility is designed to allow air travellers digitally prove admissibility to an international destination. It would stop the need for check-in desk and boarding gate delays.
Under the One ID initiative airlines are working with IATA to digitise the passenger experience at airports with contactless biometric-enabled processes.
Programs are already in use in various airports enabling travellers to move through airport processes such as boarding without producing paper documentation because their boarding pass is linked to a biometric identifier.
But, in many cases, travellers would still have to prove their admissibility at a check-in desk or boarding gate with physical checks of paper documentation.