Travel between EU & USA
In accordance with an International Agreement between the European Union and the United States, Virgin Atlantic Airways transfers to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certain travel and reservation data (PNR) about passengers flying between the European Union and the United States.
US authorities use this information for preventing and combating terrorism and other transnational serious crimes. These and other data may also be used for checking against lists of passengers raising aviation security concerns. The information will be retained for fifteen years and may be shared with other authorities. Information related to a specific case or investigation can be kept longer until the case or investigation is archived.
Frequently asked questions
1. What sort of passenger information will be transferred to US authorities?
United States law requires airlines operating flights to, from, or through the United States (US) to provide the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with certain passenger Information to facilitate safe travel and to guarantee US security by carrying out advance risk assessments of passengers. The passenger information falls into two categories.
- Passenger Name Record (PNR): This includes a variety of information provided during the booking process or held by airlines or travel agents, such as the passenger's name, contact details, details of the travel itinerary (such as date of travel, origin and destination, seat number, and number of bags) and details of the reservation (such as travel agency and payment information, and meal or wheelchair requests) or other information (such as affiliation with a frequent flyer program);
- Advanced Passenger Information (API): this includes mainly information contained on a passenger's passport and is often collected at check-in. This information is provided prior to arrival to frontier control authorities. This is also used to screen passengers against lists of persons believed to pose a threat to aviation security.
- terrorism and related crimes;
- other serious crimes, including organised crime, that are transnational in nature; and
- flight from warrants or custody for crimes described above.
These conditions concern, in particular:
- the purposes for which PNR is used;
- sharing the PNR with other parties;
- the types of information collected;
- how you can access your Information and make a complaint;
- offical notice to the travelling public;
- storage time;
- transmission of PNR;
- reciprocity; and
- review of the agreement.
DHS will keep PNR Information for fifteen years. Information related to a specific case orinvestigation can be kept longer until the case or investigation is archived.
You can find information on DHS policies on access to records and personal information here.
For more information, please contact the DHS Privacy Office's FOIA Program:
The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive SW
Washington, DC 20528-0550
contact details of the DPA in your country.