Southern Airlines, China's largest airline, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding
to join APIS (Advance Passenger Information System) and fully cooperate with the
US Customs Service, it was announced in Guangzhou last December. It is the first
Chinese Airline to fully comply with US Customs requirements.
Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Dec 4 by Mr. Wang Changshun, President
of China Southern Airlines. "We have developed a system wherein we can gather
specific passenger information and transmit it via e-mail to our LAX airport offices
and from there to the appropriate US Customs offices prior to the departure from
China of our non-stop transpacific service from Guangzhou to Los Angeles,"
said Mr. Wang.
is an automated system capable of performing database queries on air passengers
prior to their arrival in the US from foreign locations. US Customs, in cooperation
with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the airline industry,
initiated development of APIS in 1988 to collect biographical information (name,
date of birth, country of residence, etc.) from air passengers prior to departure
for the US from foreign locations. Air carriers participating in the program submit
passenger data at the same time that the plane departs for the US.
to a plane's arrival in the US, the APIS data is checked against the combined
federal law enforcement database, known as the Interagency Border Inspection System
(IBIS). IBIS includes the combined databases of US Customs, INS, State Department,
and 21 other federal agencies. Names are also checked against the FBI's National
Crime Information Center wanted persons files.
largest airline in The People's Republic of China for the past 21 years, China
Southern Airlines www.cs-air.com/en connects more than 80 cities around the globe.
Major business and vacation destinations served in China include: Beijing, Chengdu,
Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan and as well
as international service, including: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Fukuoka, Hanoi, Ho Chi
Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Osaka, Penang,
Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore and Sydney.