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Published on Saturday, October 17, 2020

Digital health app to be tested from Heathrow next week

A new digital health app is being trialled on flights from the UK next week, in a move to cut quarantine and enable safe Covid-19 air travel.

Travellers flying from Heathrow Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport on United Airlines flights will be among the first in the world to trial the new digital health app.

Passengers volunteering to take part in the trial will be required to take a Covid-19 test at a certified lab at Heathrow up to 72 hours before they fly and complete health questionnaires required by US border authorities.

The test results will then be uploaded to the CommonPass smartphone app, which will be scanned by airline staff and border officials.

It's hoped the app - the CommonPass system - will streamline test results, check-in and border processing.

The CommonPass app has been developed by The Commons Project, a US non-profit public trust.

It is also being tested on passengers on a voluntary basis flying with Cathay Pacific between Hong Kong and Singapore.

By Louise Longman, Contributing Editor (UK)

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