Plan to force airlines to give passengers’ personal data

Guardian exclusive reveals extent of European counter-terror plan

Airlines may soon have to release 42 items of personal information on all passengers flying into and out of Europe to police and security services, as part of a new European Commission counter-terror plan. This data would then be stored for up to five years, an exclusive by British newspaper the Guardian reveals.

The European passenger name record plan has been revised following the recent attacks in Paris. The 42 pieces of information, listed in full below, include passengers’ bank card details, home address and meal preferences such as halal.

The interior ministers of EU member states will push for immediate progress on the plan when they meet in Riga tomorrow. But the European parliament’s civil liberties committee is against it, arguing that it is a breach of fundamental rights and would not be effective in fighting terrorists.

The 42 pieces of passenger data that airlines would have to give to security services point to passengers’ personal history and patterns of behaviour. They are:

– passport number

– country which issued passport

– passport expiry date

– given names

– last name

– gender

– date of birth

– nationality

– passenger name record locator code

– date of reservation

– date(s) of intended travel

– name

– other names on passenger name record (PNR)

– address

– all forms of payment information

– billing address

– contact telephone numbers

– all travel itinerary for specific PNR

– frequent flyer information

– travel agency

– travel agent

– code share PNR information

– travel status of passenger

– split/divided PNR information

– email address

– ticketing field information

– general remarks

– ticket number

– seat number

– date of ticket issued

– no-show history

– bag tag history

– go-show information

– other service-related information

– special service requests, such as meal preferences

– received from information

– all historical changes to PNR

– number of travellers on PNR

– seat information

– one-way tickets

– any collected advanced passenger information system information

– automatic ticketing fare quote

The Guardian

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