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Authority to Carry Requests

In an attempt to further secure the UK’s borders, the Authority to Carry Scheme has been introduced for the purpose of passenger and crew screening in advance of travel to or from the UK.

The Scheme requires all carriers operating to and from the UK to provide specific information regarding the travellers aboard, including crew members, and must await confirmation of authority to carry those persons from the Secretary of State.

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Carriers who continue to carry passengers or crew that have returned a refusal response from an ATC request, will be subject to a significant fine. Refusal of an ATC request can be made for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to:

  • Traveller present on a UN or EU ‘watch list'.
  • Any individual who poses a direct threat to the security of an aircraft, other traveller or crew member.
  • Individuals with no valid travel documents.
  • Individuals with post-custodial conditions following a terrorism-related detainment.
  • Individuals (including children under the age of 18) who are suspected (on reasonable grounds) of leaving the UK to become involved in terrorism or terrorist groups.

How are Authority to Carry Requests transmitted?

Authority to Carry requested must be transmitted in a secure, electronic format that is compatible with the UK border system, such as APIS, the industry-standard form used for the transmission of Advance Passenger Information in the U.S.

More about Advance Passenger Information.

It is the responsibility of the carrier to ensure the correct systems are in place for the exchange of ATC requests and responses. Carriers can face fines of up to £50,000 per traveller for breach of any of the following conditions:

  • Requirement of Authority to Carry request.
  • Failure to produce the correct information in a timely manner.
  • Failure to produce the correct information in the correct format.
  • Failure to be able to receive response communications in the correct format.
  • Carriage of a traveller once the ATC request has been refused.

The UK government border agency also maintain that additional costs incurred for removing and detaining a passenger refused entry to the UK under any of the aforementioned conditions will be the responsibility of the carrier.

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See also:

Proposed EU PNR Directive
PNR Transmission
Interactive Advance Passenger Information

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