Advanced Passenger Information (API) - What’s it all about?
The collection of Advanced Passenger Information (API) is a requirement from specific countries, which involves collecting passenger information from those entering the country. Collecting API is a very simple process and when carried out at check-in involves passports being swiped through a special machine which collects the relevant data. Customers should not notice any difference at check-in, and contrary to media reports, delays are not anticipated as a result of this new process being implemented.
Spain Holidays - Affected by Advanced Passenger Information
An introduction of US-style border controls by Spanish authorities commenced in June 2007. Every airline will be required to collect this information from all passengers on flights to Spain. Travellers not submitting this information could face a flight ban. Spain brought in the new European security measures early whilst other EU member countries are set to introduce them in 2008. The procedure is currently a standard process for customers travelling from the UK to Canada, Mexico & the Caribbean.
A simple process
Collecting API is a simple procedure carried out during the check-in process, which should not make much difference to customers at check-in. The compulsory information, which includes full name, nationality, date of birth and passport number, is required for ensuring aviation safety and security. Travellers not submitting this information could face a flight ban. Thomsonfly commenced collection of Advance Passenger Information (API) on flights from the UK to Spain from early June 2007. British Airways will not allow passengers to board a Spain-bound flight if the API has not been submitted; this is due to the threat of a company fine up to €60,000 (£40,950) if passengers fail to comply with new regulations.