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UK coronavirus live: British Airways to roll out digital vaccine passports


British Airways will introduce digital vaccine passports in time for the planned reopening of international travel in May.

The airline will ask those who have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine to log their vaccination details with their BA app.

They also said they would reintroduce free snacks and water for economy passengers.

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Passengers bypassing Scotland’s quarantine rules, Labour claims

A growing proportion of passengers are bypassing the Scottish Government’s hotel quarantine system by flying from other airports in the UK, Scottish Labour has said.

The party received data on the number of internal and international arrivals at Scottish airports since the start of the year in response to a parliamentary question.

It showed 80 per cent of passengers (1,999 people) arriving in Scotland did so via airports in England at the end of February, compared to 27 per cent (3,848 people) at the start of the year.

The overall number of arrivals in Scotland has fallen steeply since the start of the year, going from 14,432 for the week beginning January 4 to 2,930 on the week beginning February 22.

A system of mandatory hotel quarantine for international arrivals was announced in early February.

All international passengers arriving at Scottish airports must enter the hotel quarantine system whereas the UK Government only requires this of those coming from countries on the “red list”.

Passengers flying to Scotland from elsewhere in the UK or Ireland can self-isolate at home when they arrive, provided they have not been to any “red list” countries previously.

Labour MSP Colin Smyth said: “This is further evidence of what Scottish Labour has said from the start; that the SNP’s hotel quarantine policy was riddled with loopholes – and made all the worse by the fact that it came almost a year too late.”


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