Will travelers need health passports to cross borders soon? And will they be tied to biometric scans of some sort for passengers??
The World Health Organization has been at the forefront of such efforts in the past and a new push for immunity screening is cropping up thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are also serious concerns about just how viable those checks could be for a quick return to air travel. Check out our conversation about that and more on this episode of The Weekly Wrap.
Simon Lamkin, VP and Global Head of Travel for NIIT Technologies, is our guest on this week’s show talking about an app-based approach to passenger health monitoring that his company is developing. There’s a bit of a land grab mentality in the market right now with the first movers clearly in an advantageous position.
Fortunately Lamkin notes that cooperation remains a key part of the plan, even if it isn’t quite as smooth as what I asked for.
We also discuss the increase in flights operating around the world, with Delta Air Lines and Azul specifically noting increased schedules, but many others also slowing returning to service.
And there’s some discussion of the materials on board and how they can help reduce disease transmission thanks to antimicrobial treatments. Added bonus: Many components in the planes have these treatments already. No one really bothered to advertise that fact until now, however, as it wasn’t as important.
Hope you enjoy the show. If you’ve got a topic to add to our list make sure to reach out.