Air passengers landing in the EU will have personal data collected in another system under proposed new European anti-terrorism plans. Next month Brussels will propose a register collecting biometric information on all travellers entering and leaving the bloc. This would be on top of a US plan under which airlines collect personal data.
EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini: “It is absolutely necessary, because we have been dealing with the security of Americains, now the time has come to deal with the security of Europeans, and terrorism remains the threat number one.”
This was as European justice and interior ministers met in Slovenia, the current EU president. The European Commission, with the European Parliament’s opinion taken on board, aims to put the plan into action from 2010. Expansion of the Schengen zone was also discussed.
The bloc’s executive Commission wants EU states to collect and store for 13 years some 19 pieces of personal data on international air travellers, including their phone number, e-mail address, payment details, and travel agent. The data would be sent by airlines at least 24 hours before departure.