Eurozone plans to formalize passenger data, improve security

The European Commission last week proposed rules governing the use of Advance Passenger Information in a bid to strengthen border security.

As commissioner for home affairs Ylva Johansson explained during a press conference, travel in and out of the Schengen zone – the 26 European countries between which passengers are free to travel without visas – involves the obligation to give border authorities Personal Name Records (PNR). That’s just the minimal information passengers provide airlines when booking tickets.

Airlines, she said, less formally share Advance Passenger Information – flight details and passenger passport data collected by airlines upon check-in. It’s provided to border authorities as a passenger manifest list.

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Source: The Register