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U.S. wants new aviation standard to expand passenger data collection

December 01, 2018 / Allison Lampert

The United States is pushing for a new global aviation standard by late 2019 that would expand the collection of passenger records from airlines, a high-ranking state department official said on Friday, in a move that would help combat terrorism while raising privacy concerns. Nathan Sales, the U.S. counter-terrorism coordinator, urged the United Nations’ aviation agency in Montreal to act with all deliberate speed to come up with a new standard that would vastly expand the number of countries that collect passenger information like frequent flyer numbers, email addresses, and credit card booking information.