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Secure Flight Passenger Data

Airlines and travel agencies collect flight passenger data during the booking and check-in processes for the purposes of aviation security and to identify persons of interest that may be prevented from travelling to a destination country.

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It is an obligation to ensure that this passenger data remains secure during collection, storage and transfer to the relevant border agencies and government authorities.

How is airline passenger data collected and stored?

Secure flight passenger data, such as Passenger Name Record information is stored within a Computer Reservation System (CRS) and can be accessed via a Global Distribution System if collected by a travel agency. This apportions the PNR, often over multiple airlines, according to the travel itinerary of the passenger.

There are two main forms of airline passenger data that are typically collected, stored and transmitted:

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

What is PNR?

PNR information includes passenger names, flight data, seat number and other booking information, such as method of payment and sometimes contact details.

Passenger Name Records were originally introduced to assist airlines with interlining passengers and their baggage – those who used multiple airlines to reach their final destination of a multi-leg journey.

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Advance Passenger Information and international compliance

Advance Passenger Information (API) is sent over a secure network, maintaining strict protocols, to government departments and border authorities for processing. iAPI gives real-time approval to low-risk passengers and delivers a ‘No Board’ result for passengers of interest, which can lead to further security checks. This process also offers airlines the opportunity to minimise ground delays by expediting low-risk travellers and keeping the check-in process flowing.

API includes passport data, such as passenger name, passport number, gender, nationality and passport issuing country.

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Using a dedicated and regulated system for secure flight passenger data exchange, operators and airlines can adhere to regulatory conditions without incurring costly penalties for breaches of data regulations. Airlines can receive fines of up to $5000 for failing to procure and send API where the provision of such information is mandatory. Currently all flights, commercial and private, destined for the U.S. require API for all passengers and crew members.

How can Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec help with secure flight passenger data?

Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec aviation security software helps airlines and operators to comply with an increasing requirement for the provision of secure and reliable passenger data transfer. Operating over a reliable network, relied upon by the aviation industry for more than five decades – ARINC AviNet (WAN).

With uniquely-tailored pricing and billing options, including flat-rate, monthly messaging, ARINC AviSec offers a unique opportunity for operators to manage costs and remain compliant.

Trust Rockwell Collins to deliver reliable, secure solutions to keep your operations productive and secure flight passenger data secure at every stage.

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See also:

Commercial costs of AviSec
Proposed EU PNR Directive

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