BUENOS AIRES – The Argentine government defended Friday the centralizing of information about air passengers, a measure being taken for security reasons, and denied any increase in controls on trips abroad.
Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich and Tourism Minister Enrique Meyer on Friday rebuffed criticisms of a rule obliging airline operators to answer a questionnaire of 32 queries about passengers on international flights, ranging from their identity to their seating preferences to how many suitcases they carry.
Capitanich denied new currency restrictions or increases in surcharges on credit card purchases abroad, and said the questionnaire does not constitute an additional control on passengers.
“The requisites for trips abroad now are no different from what they were before – the database has simply been unified to comply with international regulations,” he said during his daily press conference.
The tourism minister also said that this is a measure of “centralizing data by the relevant organizations,” adding that the idea is to improve security in the context of “war in the world.”
“In fact, the passenger has no say in this matter, they’re measures that the International Civil Aviation Organization is requiring of all countries,” he told Argentine radio.