​Global passenger traffic is expected to double by 2037. Accommodating this fascinating growth is a major challenge for the air transport industry and governments. It will require new standards, harmonized regulations and adequate infrastructure. IATA works with airlines, governments, industry associations and Strategic Partners towards an end-to-end passenger experience that is secure, seamless and efficient while lowering industry costs.

Industry's response to the COVID-19 crisis

IATA has been multiplying its efforts to ensure that standardized measures are in place in order for passengers to start flying again in a safe and secure way.

A roadmap to safely restart passenger operations proposes paths to an efficient passenger process and implementation blueprint that could be recommended amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. It proposes to look at some short-term measures that may be required for governments to reopen their borders and for passengers to restore the necessary confidence to start flying again. Read more on the roadmap (pdf) and its summary (pdf).

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Industry Collaboration

Transformation, industry success and sustainability can only be achieved through collaborative efforts. IATA works to develop and nurtures partnerships to strengthen the end to end passenger experience by engaging airlines, governments, industry associations and Strategic Partners at global, regional and local levels, to identify common objectives, and areas to start or bolster existing collaboration.

Key Priorities

IATA develops global standards and tools, offers financial services and industry solutions, drives transformation projects, creates partnerships, and runs campaigns, advocacy and outreach activities. The Travel Standards Board manages the development of standards and drives policy and strategy for the end to end passenger process.

In order to deliver on its vision, the IATA Passenger Experience & Facilitation team focusses its activities in the following areas:


  • With the speed of technological evolution and introduction of biometric recognition in the transport industry, the IATA Common Use Group develops and updates Common Use Standards allowing for airlines, airports and handling agents to process passengers using shared technology.
  • Common Use is the key foundation of any passenger experience improvement and helps in providing a seamless and secure way of handling functions like check-in, bag-drop, identity management, security access and boarding process.
  • Technology service standards specifically relating to self-service kiosks, overall passenger processing system standards in the area of platform architecture and standardized exchange through the use of web services technology are specific areas pertaining to common use.

Passenger Process

  • With the fast-growing number of traveling passengers every year, evolving security threats and increasing government requirements, airlines and airports are required to adapt their processes in order to maintain the safety and security of their operations.
  • The Passenger Facilitation program focuses on areas of the passenger journey related to border control management, digital identity management, travel authorizations, use of biometrics across touchpoints, passenger data (API/PNR), disruption management, passenger accessibility and other areas of compliance with Immigration and Customs regulations.
  • Working in close collaboration with its members, international organizations and individual member states, the IATA Facilitation team drives efficiencies, develops standards and recommended practices aimed at simplifying the passenger process whilst creating a more seamless and secure passenger experience.

Baggage Operations

  • Bags should be as valuable to airlines as they are to passengers. It’s not only the cost of mishandled bags but also the potential loss of a loyal customer in addition to the bag.
  • IATA drives industry changes in baggage through different projects and programs. The Baggage Group focuses on developing and maintaining standards for the handling of baggage and baggage messaging.

Current initiatives

Travel Pass

IATA's Travel Pass initiative aims to develop a digital platform for passengers providing information on what tests, vaccines and other measures are required prior to travel.

One ID

The One ID project seeks to introduce a friction-free and passenger-centric process that allows an individual to streamline his/her journey with a document-free process based on identity management and biometric recognition. Passengers will be able to identify themselves at each airport touchpoint through a simple biometric recognition. The objective is to achieve a truly interoperable system coordination between airports, airlines and governments.

Travel Communication

The concept of Travel Communication introduces the possibility to personalize the passengers' travel experience by enabling multiple industry stakeholders to communicate with them across all touch points of their journey with up-to-date and accurate information that is provided through a trusted source.

Baggage Initiatives

The IATA baggage projects are grouped under the End to End Baggage Program. This program has 3 key projects - RFID implementation, XML implementation and the 753 platform.

  • RFID uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data and automatically identify and track baggage tags. RFID technology enables many bags to be identified and tracked without the need for human intervention.
  • XML is a messaging standard with an intelligently designed information model. XML is standardized, easily read by devices and people and allows greater integration of information between airline operations. Baggage XML Messaging
  • 753 Platform is a tracking and recording opportunity to measure the direct tracking of bags by receiving and interpreting the XML baggage tracking messages. Reporting will be done by IATA to share information on capabilities for recording bags at specific locations at airports, and these reports will be provided back to airlines to support their implementation and baggage operations. Baggage Tracking