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Travelers & IATA

Travelers & IATA

IATA works tirelessly to improve the travel experience for passengers. On this page, you will find out what IATA is doing to make your journey as safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally-friendly as possible.


Before you fly​

  • Visas, vaccines, customs: prepare for your trip with customized information from our travel center
  • Luggage: make sure to have it all right. Check the advice provided on cabin and checked luggage. And particularly, see all what you need to know about dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries and electronic cigarettes.
  • Are you traveling with your pet or planning to ship your animal? Check out our pet corner for recommendations on the choice of a container and the preparation of the animal.

After your trip

Should you have experienced a problem on your flight, you may be entitled to compensation. IATA is not a regulatory body, and cannot intervene in service disputes or other commercial matters involving airlines or agents and their customers. For any issue, consumers should approach the respective airline or agent directly. You will find more information on passenger rights and IATA's role in these FAQs.

Become the CEO of your own airline!

The Airlines Manager Tycoon app is the most realistic airline management game available on any platform. It will allow you to learn about aviation, discover exciting career opportunities, and have serious fun playing an impressively realistic game​. The app includes a staff module designed in partnership with IATA Training.

Download the app for free from the App Store or on Google Play.


Plane Talk podcasts

Our colleague Chaitan Jain regularly talks to World Radio Switzerland on topics of interest to air travelers. 

Latest Plane Talks podcasts:

Complete Plane Talks collection

Safety is our #1 priority

Every day, approximately 100,000 flights take to the sky and land without incident. In 2015, more than 3.5 billion people flew on 37.6 million flights. There were no jet hull loss accidents that involved passenger fatalities. Getting on an aircraft is still among the safest activities that one can do.
See what IATA does to improve safety even further.

The Passenger Experience of the future

This fun video provides a vision of what the end-to-end air travel experience can look like in just a few years' time.            

Pilot projects and initiatives like the New Distribution Capability (NDC) aim to create universal standards for the air travel industry.

Passenger Rights - an important policy issue

We support airlines in looking after their passengers with lobbying activities to harmonize legislations, and ensuring passenger protection without adding complexity to air transport. Read more on our Passenger Rights policy activities.​

Flying and the environment

Aviation produces around 2% of the world’s manmade CO2. Airlines will take part in a global carbon offsetting scheme as the industry heads toward carbon-neutral growth. By 2050, aviation will reduce its carbon emissions 50% compared with 2005. More on aviation and the environment at www.enviro.aero.

Did you know?

Close to 63 million people are employed worldwide in aviation and related tourism. Of this, about 10 million people work directly in the aviation industry. Aviation is a critical factor in global economy. Fly on! More figures that illustrate the impact of aviation on the global economy.


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