Friday, April 28, 2006

Airlines mandated to give advance information on passengers

New Delhi: The government has made it mandatory for all airlines to supply information about passengers arriving in India so that 'potential threats' can be identified in advance.
The home ministry has decided to enforce the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) from May 1.
'The objective is to allow airport authorities to identify passengers who could be potential threats,' said a ministry official.
The information, transmitted electronically, will include personal information of the passenger like passport details, nationality, visa details and information on duration of stay and address.
The exponential increase in passenger traffic over the last year has also made it necessary to implement APIS, which is aimed to reduce delays at immigration counters in airports.
The scheme has been operational in the US from October last year, allowing authorities to make checks to identify anyone who could be a potential threat.
27/04/06 Indo Asian News Service/
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