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EU approves sharing air passenger data to fight terror

Passengers arrive at a temporary check-in area at Brussels airport after it reopened following the recent terror attacks
AFP

Strasbourg (France) (AFP) – The European Parliament voted Thursday to allow airlines to share passenger information with EU states in a bid to detect jihadists, the culmination of a five-year debate that intensified after the Paris and Brussels attacks.

The Passenger Name Record system, first proposed by the European Commisison in 2011, was adopted by a large majority of 416 votes for, 179 votes against, and nine abstentions.

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