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International traveller programme.

The US is calling for a global international traveller programme based on biometric-approved membership to be set up between countries worldwide. It follows the successful introduction of a similar scheme for domestic frequent flyers in the US, supported by biometric registration. Speaking at the recent Airport Port and Terminal Security (APTS) show in London, Asa Hutchinson, the US Department of Homeland Security's Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security, said such a scheme was a natural extension of the current US Registered Traveller Programme.

"The UK would provide a natural partner with whom to initially develop the concept further. While sharing [security] technology is important, the sharing of information with the EU is equally important," he said. He welcomed moves by the EU to incorporate two biometric features within passports in the future (See European News, 'In Brief').

Mr Hutchinson was in London to discuss proposed changes to the advanced airline passenger name lists (PNRs) supplied for US-bound flights. The US wants to change the current arrangement under which PNRs are presented 15 minutes after departure, requesting instead that the information be received an hour before departure.
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Title Annotation:Industry and International
Publication:Airports International
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2004
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