Thursday, June 01, 2006

Airlines See 'Fines or Jail' Dilemma in EU Data Impasse

A Reuters newswire article by Tim Hepher and Benoit Van Oversraeten, via eWeek, reports that:

Global airlines accused the United States and Europe of failing to coordinate security and trade policies on Thursday, saying a European court decision to halt a data-sharing deal had left them in legal no-man's-land.

Under a 2004 anti-terrorism pact, European airlines have been obliged to give U.S. authorities up to 34 pieces of information on passengers flying to the United States but on Tuesday a European court ruled the agreement illegal.

Under existing rules, airlines face fines of $6,000 per passenger if they do not share the information.

More here.


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