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Passenger Data Exchange

Airline passenger data is usually in the form of Advance Passenger Information (API), concerning personal passport data, or Passenger Name Records (PNR), which deal with travel reservations information.

Find out more about Advance Passenger Information System and PNR transmission.

What is Advance Passenger Information (API)?

API is collected by airlines at the time of check-in and is mandatory for travellers to the U.S. API contains specific passport data including:

  • Full given names of the passenger
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Passport issuing country
  • Gender of the passenger

Requirements vary from country to country and some will request additional information such as residential address and the address for the first night’s stay in the destination country.

API is accessed by border control agencies and designated government departments to enhance security by screening secure flight passenger data in order to identify persons of interest and for immigration, customs and security purposes.

More information about secure flight passenger data.

The Passenger Name Record (PNR) and PNR transmission

Airlines store PNR data within the Computer Reservations System (CRS) or in a Global Distribution System if the passenger books their flight through a travel agency. The minimum requirement for PNR data is as follows:

  • Passenger name
  • Ticketing data (Ticket number or time limit)
  • Airline identification number or travel agency reference
  • Itinerary of at least one segment
  • Name of the person providing the information

Additional information gathered at the time of the booking can often include:

  • Method of payment
  • Contact details
  • Seat number
  • Baggage information

For more than 60 years PNR transmission has been used by customs, border management and law enforcement authorities all over the world. PNR data can only be used under tight security conditions and is for the purpose of the prevention of potential threats or serious crime.

The application of AviSec for Passenger Name Records.

Why choose Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec for aviation data transfer?

Rockwell Collins’ ARINC has been delivering high-performance messaging for the business and commercial aviation industry for more than 50 years, our passenger data transfer and Advanced Passenger Information System solutions are the most reliable in the world, providing an unbeatable combination of high value and low cost.

With transparent pricing and manageable costs, AviSec offers unique opportunities for airlines to produce budgeting for aviation security data transfers.

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See also:

Border Management Systems
Aviation Security Software

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