IATA Sets Trends for Global Aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), recently held their 75th annual meeting. At the meeting, IATA passed five new resolutions including environment, slots, RFID for baggage tracking, One ID, and disabled passengers. Environment: Unanimously passed, AGM calls upon governments to put into action the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as agreed upon by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO will be used as a global carbon pricing tool for an industry sector and will cap CO emissions by 2020. It looks to cutting net emissions in half by 2050. Slots: AGM confirms the importance of a coordinated global airport slot system and calls upon governments to address the current shortages. The new standardization will include the Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG) that will set the policies and procedures worldwide. RFID for baggage tracking: AGM will back the deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage tracking. It will support the implementation of standardized messaging to accurately track the traveler’s baggage. One ID: One ID will use one single biometric identifier, such as facial recognition or fingerprints, so travelers can move through the airport without a paper document. Disabled Passengers: The resolution regarding disabled passengers aims to improve their travel experience as an estimated 1 billion have disabilities worldwide. This will streamline efforts to make disabled travelers feel comfortable and dignified when they travel. The IATA General Meeting was held in Seoul, June 1-3 hosted and by Korean Air.

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