New site will monitor private aircraft operators
- By Alice Lipowicz
- Dec 17, 2008
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a new Web site
to collect advance information on passengers on private planes who
intend to enter the United States. The data will be submitted under a
new regulation that will be enforced voluntarily starting Dec. 18.
agency created the Web site to help implement its new Advance Passenger
Information System regulation that requires pilots or their designated
agents submit manifests on passengers and aircraft at least 60 minutes
before the aircraft begins its flight. The manifests include personal
information on the travelers as well as notice of arrivals and
departures for the aircraft.
CBP published a final rule on the regulation, as it pertains to private aircraft, in November.
final rule goes into effect voluntarily on Dec. 18 and becomes
mandatory on May 18, 2009, CBP said in a news release dated Dec. 12.
slightly modified the final rule to accommodate concerns raised by the
National Business Aviation Association with regard to pilots flying
from remote areas where they do not have Internet access and are unable
to use the Web-based system to submit their manifests, the association
said in an undated statement on its Web site. Under the final rule, CBP
will make exceptions to allow telephone and radio transmission on a
“While the final rule still requires the
submission of passenger and aircraft information using the Electronic
Advance Passenger Information System, the comments filed by NBAA led to
changes that will assist operators in complying with the rule,” the
Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.