Airline passenger data in some form is collected, stored and transmitted for each and every one of the hundreds of millions of flight passengers that take to the air on board commercial and private executive aircraft every year.
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This critical data can take the form of:
Passenger Name Records (PNR) were originally introduced by commercial airlines to facilitate the passenger data exchange between multiple airlines when passengers were typically using more than one airline to reach their destination.
Today, with tighter airport security protocols in position for enhanced aviation security and the ever-increasing numbers of airline passengers, airline passenger data is addressed for use to increase efficiency within the passenger processing system, allowing the expedition of ‘low-risk’ travellers, while maintaining the increased responsibility of airport and national security in the identification of ‘persons of interest’.
The airline passenger data information is usually collected at the time of the flight or holiday booking. If using a travel agent, it is usual for the agent to fill in the required information for passenger and itinerary purposes, especially if a group of people are travelling together. The essential airline passenger data is captured during this process. It is recorded electronically in a Computer Reservations System (CRS), if booked with the airline directly, or is created by a travel agent in their CRS within a Global Distribution System network.
Typical minimum information required for the passenger name record:
Often airlines and travel agencies will require additional information, such as passenger address and fare details including method of payment.
All airline passenger data is securely protected and shared exclusively with the appropriate government department for the country of departure, destination and the airline, and is generally captured at the time of the booking. For all US travellers or passengers travelling to US destinations, airline passenger data is accessible by the Department of Homeland Security for comparison with FBI records to identify high-risk travellers.
Passenger Name Records and Advance Passenger Information requirements are not the same. API is an enforceable mandatory requirement for many airlines as more and more countries begin to subscribe to the condition to enhance border security, limit and monitor the movement of persons of interest that may pose a threat to national security.
To ensure comprehensive reliability and security when handling airline passenger data, Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec messaging environment leverages the proven AviNet network, a global system architecture that has been in reliable operation for more than 50 years.
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Typically delivering Type B messaging within one second with seamless reliability, AviSec messaging system is relied upon by more than 3,000 customers across the globe and generates millions of mission critical transmissions every day. Our unique pricing and billing structure offers airlines and operators the flexibility to manage budgeting requirements – a process that has previously been unpredictable with other providers.
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