Saturday, September 27, 2014

Argentina: Requesting Air Passengers to Complete a Questionnaire of 32 Items is Absurd

According to The Latin American Tribune, the Argentine government defended Friday (September 26) 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 items 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.

COMMENT: If not, why bother busy airline passengers traveling abroad with unnecessary trivia?

I travel internationally frequently and know of no nation that requires that air travelers complete a list of 32 questions.

If Argentina has an expectation that all airline travelers will complete a questionnaire of 32 items, perhaps that it one good reason NOT to visit Argentina.

“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.

If the above statement is true, which is doubtful, why inundate travelers going abroad with time consuming annoyances?

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 (ICAO) is requiring of all countries,” he told Argentine radio.

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