EU blocks release of passenger data to US

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

The US requires that personal details of airline passengers is provided to them within 15 minutes of a flight departing en route to the US.

The European Federation ruled that this was illegal under European Data Protection laws.

Airlines leaving the European Federation bound for the US may lose their landing rights or face prosecution for failing to provide the details and will be prosecuted by the European Federation if they do.

The details required by the US authorities includes names, addresses, credit card details and even in-flight meal choices.

Flights leaving the UK will not currently be affected because the British government has come to a temporary agreement with the Americans.  When that agreement expires, however, the British government will have to make a choice – the US and the rest of the world or the European Federation.

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