Tuesday 20 March 2018

Flier details to be kept by US for five years

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

PASSENGERS flying to the USA for their holidays will have their travel plans, credit card details and phone numbers retained on a US database for a five-year period.

But there will be restrictions on the US authorities gathering information from the records which would reveal a person's ethnic origin, meal choices, health, political views or sex life.

The Dail yesterday approved the new agreement on European airlines sharing their passenger information with the US Department of Homeland Security to prevent terrorist attacks.


Many passengers are not aware that such information sharing has been ongoing since 2007.

But the agreement between the EU and the US has now been renegotiated to include more privacy safeguards.

The information kept by the US authorities on a database will include passengers' travel dates, travel itinerary, phone numbers and credit card details. This arrangement will remain in place for the next seven years.

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