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AviSec is the product name of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC solution for the transfer of secure flight passenger data.

Designed to enhance air transport security, and to assist airlines and operators with regulatory compliance, ARINC AviSec delivers airline passenger data, such as:

  • Passenger Name Records (PNR)
  • Advance Passenger Information (API)

What is Advance Passenger Information?

Advance Passenger Information, given the acceptable abbreviation of API, is a set of passenger data that is a mandatory requirement by a growing number of countries around the world.

API consists of:

  • Passenger name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality and country of residence
  • Originating country and destination
  • Travel document type and number

Passenger data is typically collected at the time of booking, but can be provided up to 30 minutes before travel under certain conditions. The purpose of the provision of API is to enable advance screening of travellers in participating countries in a bid to restrict the movements of ‘persons of interest’ and ultimately to improve border security.

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API is transmitted using the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), the internationally-recognised standard form of passenger data transfer, ensuring that the information remains secure at all times.

What is a Passenger Name Record?

Passenger Name Records, or PNR, coupled with API, form an important part of the process of enhancing aviation security, and contain similar information.

PNR transmission occurs within the same system as API transmission. Passenger Name Records data is commonly collected at the time of booking, whether online or through an airline or travel agency, and is stored in an airlines’ Computer Reservation System (CRS) before distribution.

Historically, PNR data was used during interlining – when a passenger uses one or more airlines to reach their final destination.

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Why choose Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec?

Rockwell Collins' ARINC AviSec offers airlines and operators a flexible, reliable and cost-effective means of passenger data exchange.

With heavy fines imposed for non-compliance with API and PNR requirements, it is essential that a robust, secure system is employed to ensure mandatory requirements are fulfilled. Regulatory conditions are also imposed for the collection, storage and transmission of secure flight passenger data, and ARINC AviSec provides the answer, with the backing of the AviNet Wide Area Network, relied upon for more than five decades by the aviation industry.

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With increasing pressure placed on airlines and operators to fulfil obligatory conditions, and the growing requirement of passenger data transfer around the world, there has never been a greater need for a reliable solution.

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See also:

ARINC AviSec Overview
Advance Passenger Information System
Technical Advantages of AviSec

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