Advance Passenger Information Exchange refers to the process of secure flight passenger data interchange between an airline’s designated computer system and the destination country’s border agency or governmental computer system.
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Advance Passenger Information, commonly known as API, contains passport details about each passenger, including:
As the delivery of API varies from country to country, sometimes it is necessary to give additional information, such as residential address and the address of the first night’s stay in the destination country. Currently it is mandatory for travellers to the U.S. to provide API and this requirement is quickly spreading across the world as an effective method of identifying potentially high-risk passengers. API is not the same as Passenger Name Records, which are also required.
Advance Passenger Information is required before a flight departs the country of origin, usually between 12 hours and 30 minutes prior to departure. Advance Passenger Information Systems (APIS) is an electronic interchange system that transfers the airline passenger data via batch transmission, or by using the APIS quick query mode, that allows the airlines to transfer data in real-time as each passenger checks in individually.
Advance Passenger Information was developed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency for the identification of passengers that may be deemed high-risk before they touch down in the destination country. Since the events of 9/11, U.S. border security has tightened considerably and API can also facilitate the expedition of low-risk passengers, minimising ground delays and improving efficiency.
Agencies such as The Department of Homeland Security are able to review information and liaise with international border agencies to prevent the boarding of such passengers or to carry out further security checks at the border of the destination country.
The application of AviSec for Border Management Systems.
API is delivered via secure transmission in the form of Type B messaging. Advance Passenger Information Exchange providers have an obligation to ensure utmost security and fast delivery of these messages. Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec has a long and reliable history of timely, accurate and secure delivery, supporting a broad spectrum of messaging protocols.
See the complete guide to the Advance Passenger Information System.