The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has approved the use of mobile IDs for identity verification in the flight boarding process at airports, reports Bangkok Post.
The move illustrates the rapid rollout of mobile ID in the country, which officially began last month. Initially, the government aimed to ensure that Thai residents could use the new D.Dopa mobile ID app to access government services under the Internal Affairs Ministry. It’s now supported by several agencies including the country’s Revenue Department.
Available for iOS and Android, the mobile ID app requires an initial registration at a local government office, and uses QR codes for two-factor authentication. Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Ministry is aiming to have 10 million people signed up for digital ID systems by the end of this year.
In the meantime, users can present their D.Dopa app, or a mobile ID housed in the DLT QR License app developed by the Department of Land Transport, for identity verification at airport boarding gates. It’s early days, but this application of mobile ID is spreading, with Apple’s mobile driver’s license solution now accepted as proof of identity at four airports across three US states.
Canadian government authorities, meanwhile, insist that they’re still hard at work on an ambitious digital traveler ID program that was initially launched in 2018 in collaboration with The Netherlands and the World Economic Forum. That program seemed to have been grounded during the pandemic, but it may yet produce new multinational efforts at digital ID solutions in the airport, for which mobile ID would seem to be a great fit.
Source: Bangkok Post