Yesterday, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) rejected the proposal for a framework that would regulate and harmonise the use of a Passenger Name Record (PNR) system. The Association of European Airlines (AEA) is disappointed about the decision and urges the Parliament to adopt the framework.
The Passenger Name Record - information provided by passengers and stored in the airlines’ reservation and departure systems - is frequently requested by Member States to prevent, detect or investigate terrorist offences and serious crimes. Currently there is a lack of harmonisation at EU level: some Member States have already set up procedures, others are in the planning phase. Consequently, there is a risk of diverging systems and different rules in each country, which will lead to complexity, uneven levels of data protection, increased costs and uncertainty for airlines and passengers.
Furthermore, a comprehensive EU PNR framework would provide clear standards and references for airlines on how to handle requests on passenger data transfer from national authorities and from non-EU countries.
“European airlines are in favour of a harmonised European PNR framework for the collection and transfer of passenger data” said Mr Athar Husain Khan, acting Secretary General of AEA. “We call on the European Parliament to consider the overall added value of common rules and standards regarding PNR regimes for both citizens and airlines”.
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ABOUT AEA: The Association of European Airlines (AEA) brings together 32 European established scheduled network carriers. These collectively carry 400 million passengers and 6 million tonnes of cargo each year, operating 2,600 aircraft serving 640 destinations in 170 countries with 11,000 flights a day. They provide around 390,000 jobs directly, and generate a total turnover of €93 billion.