'One ID' initiative for air travel closer to reality
June 02 2019 11:28 PM
IATA's Alexandre de Juniac speaks during the opening session of the annual general meeting of IATA i
IATA's Alexandre de Juniac speaks during the opening session of the annual general meeting of IATA in Seoul

*System uses a single biometric identifier to move passengers through airports

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has unanimously resolved to accelerate the global implementation of the ‘One ID’ initiative, which uses a single biometric identifier to move passengers through the airport, without the need for paper travel documents.

The ‘IATA One ID resolution’ adopted at the association’s 75th Annual General Meeting here on Sunday urged stakeholders—including airlines, airports and government authorities—to work together to promote and implement a paperless passenger process utilising biometric recognition.

The vision for ‘One ID’ is a paperless travel experience, where passengers can fly around the world safely and securely using only their individual biometric data. This will be achieved using a trusted digital identity, biometric recognition technology, and a collaborative identity management platform accessible to various authorised stakeholders.

“Biometric recognition using the One ID concept modernises the airport experience for passengers and improves the efficiency and security of identification processes. Using global standards for digital identity and data exchange will move us a big step closer to a hassle-free airport experience for passengers. Every traveller will appreciate the convenience of getting from the curb to the gate without ever having to show a paper passport or boarding pass,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Specifically, airlines have called for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) member states to endorse the digital travel credential specifications that will offer a secure and efficient alternative to passports.

They urged the industry to work with states to develop global standards for the safe and secure access, transfer and use of passenger identity information on a need-to-know / allow-to-know basis in-line with various data privacy requirements and regulations.

Various elements of the One ID concept are now being trialled at airports around the world. The next stage will be to implement cross-border trials whereby a passengers is recognised at both the airport of departure and arrival. One ID is part of IATA’s NEXTT Vision 2035.

Last updated: June 02 2019 11:28 PM


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