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EU Parliament Has Accepts Joint System for Share Air Passenger Data to Fight Terror [ Current News (Concise) ]

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To fight against terrorism, the European Parliament has approved formation of a European passenger name records (PNR) system. This proposal is passed by 461 votes to 179 against. Now the EU member countries will true it as national law in two years.

  • PNR is a joint system for security agencies to access airline passenger data on all flights to and from the EU.
  • It will allow police and justice officials to methodically store the data of airline passengers travelling to, from and within the EU.
  • PNR system will include:
  1. Passengers name
  2. Travel dates
  3. Ticket details
  4. Itinerary
  5. Contact details
  6. Travel agent
  7. Seat number
  8. Means of payment
  9. Baggage information of the passengers

Background:

  • The formation of a European PNR system had extended drive freshly following 2015 Paris (France) terror attacks and followed by March 2016 attacks in Brussels (Belgium) which added additional insistence.
  • After these attacks, counter-terrorism bureaucrats from the European countries had powerfully promoted for years for the introduction of PNR system.
  • They were ready to sharing data which will help them to trace doubtful passengers which may further help in stopping terrorist attacks.

About November 2015 Paris (France) terror attacks

  • On the 13th November 2015evening of sequences of terrorist attacks occurred in Paris and its northern suburb, Saint-Denis.
  • Three suicide bombers struck near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis at 21: 20 CET, and then mass shootings at cafes, restaurants and a music venue in central Paris.
  • 130 people have lost their life in this attack including 89 at the Bataclan theatre where they took prisoners before engaging in a stand-off with police.
  • 368 people were injured and from that 80 was in very seriously condition.
  • During the firing seven attackers also died.

About March 2016 Brussels (Belgium) terror attacks

  • Three coordinated nail bombings occurred in Belgium on the 22nd March 2016 at morning, two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in Brussels.
  • 32 peoples and three suicide bombers were killed, and over 300 people were injured.
  • Another bomb was found during a search of the airport. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) appealed accountability for the attacks.
  • The bombings were the terminal act of terrorism in Belgium’s history.

- Published on: April 19, 2016