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Aviation: Security

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st December 2010.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council Statement by Lord McNally on 9 December (Official Report, col. WS 46), what are the implications for air travellers of the proposal that passengers' name records data are collected on flights within the European Union as well as between member states and Australia, Canada and the United States of America.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Passenger name record (PNR) data are only collected by the UK's e-Borders system to the extent that it is known to the carrier. The Immigration and Police (Passenger, Crew and Service Information) Order 2008 specifies that only passenger information that is routinely held by the carrier on their reservation system or departure control system, or information that is obtained during the ordinary course of the carrier's business, may be required. PNR collection on flights between member states and Australia, Canada and the United States of America under EU agreements with those countries follows the same principle, as will PNR collection on flights between member states and third countries, and potentially between member states, when an EU PNR Directive is introduced.

Therefore, there are no implications for ordinary air travellers, as they are not required to provide any more data than they would normally provide in the course of booking their flight. Collection and analysis of PNR data will assist in preventing those travellers who wish to cause harm from doing so.

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