Apis costs questioned by experts and MPs

According to Travel Weekly:

An academic leading research into the impact of advance passenger-data gathering on the travel industry says the government has left the sector to bear the burden of a policy called into question by MPs.

Dr Kirstie Ball, a specialist in surveillance and organisation at the Open University Business School, said: “The impact of this scheme is being felt across the entire travel sector.

“The government has placed a lot of pressure on the sector to comply with e-borders. The industry is being asked to change processes and systems when it is questionable the government is keeping its side of the bargain.”

The e-Borders system and the Advance Passenger Information System (Apis) requests that go with it have imposed multi-million pound costs on the industry.

Yet the Home Affairs Select Committee of MPs concluded in its last report, released at the end of May: “We remain deeply concerned about the e-Borders programme, given . . . the lack of clarity about the final shape of the scheme and the high (but still unquantifiable) cost both to the taxpayer and to carriers.”

Dr Ball’s team is asking for the travel industry’s help with research into the impact of APIS requests, via a questionnaire here.