Passports could soon be replaced by smartphone

A new trial could soon see the end of paper passports in favour of smartphones.

Passports could soon be replaced by smartphone

Canada and the Netherlands are trialling a paperless travel system that requires no passport, just a smartphone.

The trial, called Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI), is a collaboration between border authorities, airports, airlines and technology companies and will be a pilot project for paperless travel that utilises a traveller-managed digital identity instead of a passport.

Travel Talk reports that the system will be trialled between Canada and the Netherlands in 2019, with a full release sometime next year.

Details normally stored on a passport chip will instead be stored on a smartphone, and passengers will need to share their personal data with border controls, airlines and other partners.

“By 2030, international air travel is expected to rise to 1.8 billion passengers, up 50 per cent from 2016. With current systems, airports cannot keep up,” said Christoph Wolff, Head of Mobility at the World Economic Forum (WEF), one of the partners on the initiative.

“This project offers a solution. By using interoperable digital identities, passengers benefit from a holistic system for secure and seamless travel. It will shape the future of aviation and security” and would facilitate “more streamlined and tailored interactions with governments, airlines and other partners.”

Do you like this idea? Would you be okay with allowing airports, airlines and governments access to your biometrics and personal information?

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    SuziJ
    20th Jul 2019
    6:11am
    What if you have a phone that's not compatible with the new app? Why get rid of a good phone which still works and I can use, and is 'current'?

    I'm not going to upgrade my phone for anyone just because it'll give me this type of benefit unless phones become a whole lot cheaper!

    Presently I cannot get the Flybuys or Service NSW apps just because my phone is 3 years old.
    Rosret
    20th Jul 2019
    7:58am
    You don't want either of those Flybuys or NSW Service anyway. They are only there for their information gathering.
    ceejay
    20th Jul 2019
    8:45am
    What about the travellers who do not own a smartphone or have minimal or no skills using technology?
    ceejay
    20th Jul 2019
    8:45am
    What about the travellers who do not own a smartphone or have minimal or no skills using technology?
    David
    20th Jul 2019
    10:11am
    I have a smartphone but would be VERY hesitant utilising this proposed technology as giving these bodies access to my phone is in my view simply Big Brother stuff. Another reason I opted out of My Health for same reasons plus hackers etc
    maelcolium
    20th Jul 2019
    10:16am
    Nothing on digital is secure. Greta idea until the first hack creates havoc. The Australian electronic system went down for a couple of hours and in the last fortnight disrupting travellers for days. And for what? To save a few shekels.
    MICK
    20th Jul 2019
    10:38am
    Not too sure how that would work. Terrorists will quickly exploit any weakness. Perhaps fingerprints and iris technology will be the way to go. Would certainly be better than fronting officials who act as though you are a criminal.
    Incognito
    20th Jul 2019
    2:42pm
    Once your fingerprints and iris information is taken you are tracked for life, just like your DNA.
    Eddy
    20th Jul 2019
    3:45pm
    I suspect that if technology advances as fast as it has in the last 20 years passports will be redundant (although one may have to carry a UN approved identification card for international travel). I speculate that in the next 20 years or so, almost instantaneous DNA analysis may be readily available to provide reliable identification. As for misicveg's fear of giving his/her fingerprints, the FBI already has my fingerprints, giving fingerprints was a requirement to enter the USA, someday it may also be DNA.
    Incognito
    20th Jul 2019
    4:39pm
    Eddy, I did not say I had any fear, I was merely stating they can track you for life, I personally have nothing to hide.
    Eddy
    20th Jul 2019
    5:58pm
    Sorry misicveg, I misinterpreted your comment. Like you I have nothing to hide. I do not think you can track fingerprints, iris or DNA like tracking mobile phones or credit and debit cards, unless the conspiracy theorists are correct and we have a 'chip' inserted in our body.
    Incognito
    20th Jul 2019
    6:12pm
    Thanks for the apology, Yes, the chip could be on it's way and Elon Musk is working on that chip right now.
    Incognito
    20th Jul 2019
    2:45pm
    I cannot afford to travel, so no issue's for me and I don't want to contribute to the massive amounts of co2 in the air anyway. No would not like this new system, I have very few apps, like the bird data app and a couple of others that don't have much info on me.
    inquisitive
    20th Jul 2019
    3:37pm
    ok, but what would happen if u were robbed offshore and smartphone stolen. Seems to me very dangerous having passport and bank account ap on something so able to be lost
    OnlyDaughter
    20th Jul 2019
    4:27pm
    There is no such thing as security with anything digital. anyone who backs up data into the Cloud only, without an in-house backup is a fool. Because I am such a security sceptic, I use my smart phone basically only as a phone. I do banking on my iPad and my computer, both of which have decent security plus I have a VPN, and even then I worry. I don’t understand why we need a digital passport on a smart phone when we already have smart passports, with face recognition, that we place, face downinto a machine when we depart and when we arrive - no people interface required.
    stekmer
    20th Jul 2019
    6:22pm
    Hmmm - can't see this becoming viable any time soon.
    There is so much more to travel than just a single flight to a developed country and passage through Immigration.
    A passport is still needed to check in to hotels, change money and even board long distance buses.
    Small companies and businesses do not have the resources to equip themselves with what would be needed to do away with passports.
    Jeff
    20th Jul 2019
    11:12pm
    I have an implant in my foreskin- works every time!
    The Bronze Anzac
    21st Jul 2019
    10:50am
    If a person was frequently flying over past years & was required to supply various travel dates & countries visited for Government reasons, like supporting family who are foreigners to gain visas with proof of contact etc, you would not have that information anymore, as there would be no date stamps in your passport, & the job would become guesswork. I know, as I have had this situation a few times.
    Alexia
    21st Jul 2019
    6:29pm
    I think it is a great idea!
    But it has problems, like if the phone gets lost or stolen; so it should have a form of opening identification that only the owner possesses, like fingerprints or eye image or something like
    that.
    Also iphones must be available, very cheaply to everyone specially pensioners.


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