One ID and its benefits

by | Jul 18, 2023 | Airlines, Airports, Digital Transformation, News, Travel Tech

One ID and its benefits


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has been driving the development of One ID; but, what exactly is it and what are its benefits?

The One ID initiative “introduces an opportunity for the passenger to further streamline their journey with advance sharing of information and a contactless process at the airport based on biometric recognition.”

Where travelling traditionally requires multiple paper-based travel documents, One ID leverages digitalisation, enabling passengers to enjoy a simplified travel process using a contactless, biometric-enabled single ID across the journey. This is achieved by digitally obtaining the necessary pre-travel authorisations before the trip using a digital ID.

IATA states the two primary focuses in this area are:

  1. Digitalisation of admissibility ie., digitising the airline’s document checking process.
  2. Contactless travel through biometric-enabled identification throughout the journey.

Aiming to provide a consistent experience, the initiative works with airlines, airports, government authorities, and solution providers to develop industry standards.

IATA lists the main benefits of One ID as:


Improved passenger experience – Contactless travel with advanced sharing

  • One ID would allow passengers to arrive at the airport “ready to fly in nearly every travel scenario” despite sharing the minimum data necessary.
  • Eliminate the need to present physical documents repetitively.
  • Reduce airport queues.

Cost-effectiveness & efficiency for airlines/airports

  • Improve staff productivity with less time spent on manual ID and travel document checks.
  • Automate more processes.
  • Increase passenger data quality.
  • Reduce processing time resulting in maximised airport space efficiency.

Enhanced security and facilitation for governments

  • Increase accuracy of passenger information resulting in strengthened security.
  • Reduce numbers of inadmissible passengers with improper documentation at the airport.
  • Further reduce in human error with documentation checks.

The One ID initiative has great potential for reshaping the airport experience. It represents a streamlined future of travel, beneficial to a variety of industry stakeholders. However, the initiative comes hand in hand with privacy concerns, difficulties with standardisation, a required shift in investment and infrastructure, and more.

How long do you think it will be before the industry unlocks the full benefits of the One ID initiative?


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