API/PNR – Future Systems to Fight a Global Pandemic?


9am EST / 2pm UK / 3pm CET

The border community are in the frontline of the fight against the current global pandemic, and will be in any future pandemic scenario, in the post Coronavirus world. So how can the border better serve as the first line of defence for countries?

Fortunately, there are some existing tools available that can help in that fight. They are Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) and Passenger Name Record (PNR).

But why is it in their current state these tools are inadequate, and how could they be a more useful tool for the future?

APIS only requires, name, date of birth, nationality, country of residence, travel document type and number. Only in the US is an address of the first night spent required, which in this scenario is invaluable.

PNR is the only system that contains the itinerary for a passenger. But if that traveller has any form of broken travel or books one leg via another agency, then the trail is lost.

However, probably the biggest problem is that these systems are not universally adopted, and information is only shared through bilateral agreements between a limited number of countries; primarily because of privacy concerns.

This webinar will discuss:

  • The alternative merits of the systems.
  • How they can be adapted to serve us in the post Coronavirus world.
  • Challenges to be faced in getting the systems universally adopted.
  • How privacy concerns can be addressed.


– Simon Deignan, Programme Management Officer, UN Countering Terrorist Travel Progamme
– Christopher Hornek, Passenger Data Exchange Expert, ICAO Subject Matter Expert
– Andrew Priestley, API Consultant, Agile Borders