Foto: J Pat Carter/TT.
Photo: J Pat Carter/TT.

Swedish airlines not sharing advance passenger lists

Swedish airlines are not following EU legislation that forces airlines to share their advance passenger lists with the police on flights to and within the union for security screening, Swedish Radio News reports.

Today, Swedish police can ask the airlines for access to the advance passenger lists, but in most other EU countries these lists are transferred automatically to the police and border police for them to cross-check the data with no-fly lists and terrorism watch lists before departure.

The automatic passenger information sharing system is part of an EU bill that was passed in 2004, but Sweden still hasn't conformed to the new rules. According to Swedish Radio News, politicians, police and airlines are blaming each other for this.

Patrik Engström at the Swedish Border Control says that an automatic system would make their jobs a lot easier.

"It's a tool that would come in handy for us. We can access these lists manually, but it takes a lot more work. An automatic system would be far more efficient," says Patrik Engström to Swedish Radio News.

The advance passenger lists do not only include names and travel plans but also credit card numbers, home addresses.

Airlines that refuse to share their advance passenger lists are currently banned from landing in the US, and last year, British Prime Minister David Cameron, said that airlines not willing to share their passenger lists in advance could be banned from landing in the UK too.

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