Canada & Netherlands Announce A Paperless Passport Pilot Project

Canadian and Dutch officials just have announced a joint air travel project designed to eventually do away with paper passports. The future is now.

Soon, you won’t have to worry about losing your passport or having it stolen every time you leave for vacation. Instead, your passport information will be safely stored and encrypted on your phoneAs of right now, the information on your passport is stored in a chip in the passport (which is why your passport has a message in it reminding you not to bend it or get it wet).

Starting later this year, passengers flying from Toronto or Montreal to Amsterdam will be able to manage their encrypted identity data, consenting to share it with border authorities, airlines and others. It will be checked against biometrics at security checkpoints and airplane boarding gates “without the need for a physical passport”. That’s according to the World Economic Forum, which is leading the digital passport initiative.

The so-called Known Traveller Digital Identity project is to be tested internally throughout 2019, with the first end-to-end paperless journey expected to take place in early 2020. Air Canada and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, as well as airports in Montreal, Toronto and Amsterdam are all taking part in the pilot.

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