NATACS Develops Platform for Covid Testing Reqs

 - February 17, 2021, 11:39 AM

This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.

National Air Transportation Association’s Compliance Services (NATACS) organization has rolled out a CDCCheck System that is designed to help operators comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) testing and documentation requirements for all inbound international flights. Under a CDC order that took effect late last month, all passengers flying in from international destinations must show documentation of a recent Covid-19 test or recovery from the virus.

In compliance with the order, CDCCheck digitizes documentation and record-keeping requirements for the operator. The system is further designed to protect the privacy of the passenger information, NATACS said.

Under the system, passengers can enter their own information, electronically sign their attestations, and upload their test results ahead of their flights. Passengers are then assigned a validation number for the crewmembers to review and confirm before they board their flight to the U.S.

“NATACS took great care in ensuring the same safeguards and integrity of passenger data for CDCCheck as are available across all of their platforms,” said NATA president and CEO Timothy Obitts. “As health concerns are paramount, this program further reduces the already minimal touchpoints afforded by private travel—a transformative advance for the industry.”

As NATA worked to develop an offering that could help with the testing mandates, the association welcomed indications from U.S. government officials that similar testing would not be required for domestic flights. The association had urged administration officials in a letter last week to avoid burdening the industry with such requirements, saying a mandate could hinder essential services. NATA said it continues to monitor this situation.