At the discretion of the U.S., who flies to Spain to Mexico

Posted on September 24, 2012

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09/24/2012 09:22 by: Agencies
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The application of registration of passenger data between the U.S. and Europe and reported cases in which the U.S. authority prevents travelers get to third countries such as Canada, Mexico and Cuba, said the daily El Pais.

In its edition of Monday, the newspaper documented the current state of implementation of the agreement signed last December, and approved in April by the European Parliament, which provides data of air passengers bound for the United States.

However, he revealed that in addition to this agreement, since last March the U.S. authorities unilaterally require airlines flights originating in Europe passenger data overflying U.S. airspace.

In the case of Spain, a 2009 agreement allowing U.S. officials access to airports, interrogate passengers and decide whether or not to fly.

The measure applies in Spain thousands of passengers who want to travel to Cuba, Mexico and Canada, and therefore companies that fly to Mexico City, Havana, Toronto and Montreal, for which the United States has obtained data passengers.

The newspaper said that only the Canadian Air Transat passengers already reported this measure and Aeromexico, Air Europa and Iberia still do not, while consumer organizations urge that all passengers are informed that their data will be delivered to U.S. authority.

He noted that the Spanish Agency for Data Protection recognizes that the agreement between the EU and the United States did not give data includes passenger aircraft flying over American space, only the source and destination between them.

It has therefore asked the European Commission (EC) response because companies are prevented from flying if they do not cooperate with the United States, yet it is a matter that conflicts with data protection legislation.

Among the cases reported by the newspaper, is the Colombian journalist of Le Monde Diplomatique, Hernando Calvo Ospina, who lives in Paris, who wanted to fly to Havana and a U.S. official stopped him.

In addition to stand down on the grounds that his name is on a list of people who may threaten the United States, the airline would not refund the money you paid for a trip that did not perform.

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