USA-BELGIUM: Proposed laws would expand travel controls from airlines to passenger railroad


"Legislation has been introduced in both the USA and Belgium to subject rail travelers to the same sorts of travel surveillance schemes that are already being used to monitor and control air travelers.

If these proposals are enacted into law, passenger railroads would be required to collect and enter additional information such as passport or ID numbers and dates of birth (not currently required or routinely included in US or European train reservations) in Passenger Name Records (PNRs), and transmit rail travel itineraries and identifying information about passengers to the government, in advance.

As is already the case for all airline travel in the USA, including domestic travel, railroads would be forbidden to allow any passenger to board unless and until the railroad receives an explicit, affirmative, individualized, per-passenger, per-flight permission-to-board message (“Boarding Pass Printing Result”) from the government."


See: Proposed laws would expand travel controls from airlines to passenger railroads (Papers, Please, link)

Comment: In the UK rail tickets bought online have a PNR assigned to them.

Update: Belgian trains' security plan draws German ire (euobserver, link)

 

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