United Airlines announced today that its travel-ready center is offering Apple Health integration to make it easier for users to share verified vaccination data before traveling.
Apple has added a feature in iOS 15 that allows iPhone owners to add their SMART health card vaccination records to the Apple Health app, where those records can be used for vaccine verification purposes. Apple has also introduced new health record sharing features, which United uses.
United Airlines users who have installed iOS 15 and who have transferred their vaccination data to Apple Health can connect the Health app to the United Travel Center ready for immediate viewing on the United platform.
The integration is designed to help users quickly confirm that they have met the vaccination requirements for their travel plans. Traveling by plane within the United States does not require vaccination of flyers, but other countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain require vaccine verification and / or negative COVID-19 test results.
According to United, customers with upcoming travel plans that require proof of vaccination can visit the Travel Center ready in the United iOS app. From there, tapping the option to load vaccine documentation will display the “Share your smart health card” option.
If you touch it, the Apple Health app will open asking Apple for permission to share its verifiable vaccination record with United. When confirmed, vaccination records are automatically loaded and checked in the United system. Records are kept until the trip is completed.
In iOS 15.1 beta, Apple has also added a feature that allows you to add vaccination records from the Health app to the Wallet app in a quick-access format that can be presented in restaurants, stores, concerts, and other places that require proof of vaccination.
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