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Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)

The introduction of the Advance Passenger Information System, also known by its abbreviated form, APIS, was established by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency to streamline the exchange of passenger data for commercial airlines and vessels operators.

APIS processes the passenger data interchange between an airline’s computer system and DCS and the destination country’s systems. APIS is the internationally recognised means of exchange for passenger processing and the screening of data to facilitate heightened security in the commercial air environment. Private aircraft pilots are also required to submit passenger data to the Border Protection Agency in the U.S. and in a growing number of countries across the world.

Find out more about airline passenger data.

Fulfilment of obligatory requirements with aviation security software

Advance Passenger Information (API) is a mandatory requirement for all passengers bound for the U.S. and Canada, and is becoming more of an industry standard practice in order to enhance aviation security and protect national security from the growing presence of terrorism.

API consists of a basic, yet specific set of passenger details from passports, such as:

  • Passenger name
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Passport issuing country

In some instances, additional information, such as the method of ticket payment and details about the first leg of the passenger’s itinerary, will be required.

API is not the same as Passenger Name Records (PNR), which are also a requirement.

Find out more about the applications of AviSec for Passenger Name Records.

Why choose Rockwell Collins' ARINC AviSec?

Advance Passenger Information System is designed to facilitate the exchange of airline security data and as such, must remain reliable and secure. Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec relies upon a robust system architecture that has been proven over 50 years, ensuring seamless reliability and a security that is unmatched throughout the aviation industry. With Type B messaging, AviSec typically delivers critical passenger data transfer within one second.

Airlines and operators face fines of up to $5000 for failure to provide API and can also face expensive ground delays if passengers are refused boarding permission. AviSec’s proven reliability is an essential element in helping airlines to meet mandatory obligations.

More about Type B Messaging.

ARINC AviSec offers a flexible and scalable solution for aviation businesses, providing a reliable platform for the exchange of Advance Passenger Information and PNR transmission to ensure compliance, and seamless integration into IT systems for timely transmission of critical Type B messaging.

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See also:

Advanced Passenger Information System
Advance Passenger Information
Aviation Security Software

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