Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Govt to keep passenger profiles secret

New Delhi: At the moment, only Air India sends passenger profiles to immigration authorities at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Though other international airlines have agreed in principle to provide information to Indian authorities under the new system, they would take some time before integrating with the India Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) Data Centre.
"Once India makes APIS fully functional after issuing an official notification, pilots of every international airlines have to obey it. Pilots not complying with the requirement will be liable for punishment," the official said.
Such defaulters can be punished with imprisonment up to five years and fined under provisions of section 14 of the Foreigners Act, 1946. The government, on its part, will keep the passenger profiles confidential. The data will not be shared with any organisation except the security agencies.
28/08/06 Vishwa Mohan/Times of India
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