EU Parliament cleared joint system for sharing air passenger data to fight terror

Apr 16, 2016 15:26 IST

 The European Parliament on 14 April 2016 approved a joint system for Police and Justice Officials to access airline passenger data on all flights to and from the EU. The measure was passed by 461 votes to 179 against.

The creation of the new system will enable security agencies to systematically store the data of airline passengers travelling to, from and within the EU.

The creation of a European passenger name records (PNR) system gained momentum following 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. The March 22 attacks in Brussels added further urgency.

PNR includes name, travel dates, itinerary, ticket details, contact details, travel agent, and means of payment, seat number and baggage information.

Counter-terrorism officials have lobbied for years for the introduction of Passenger Name Records (PNR), arguing that sharing data will help them trace suspicious itineraries. EU countries will have two years to turn it into national law.

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