Dubai Airports said it would welcome any effort by the US to set up a customs post for airline passengers heading to the country from the emirate.
United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) collects Secure Flight Passenger Data for flights that overfly the continental United States.
“Secure Flight is a behind-the-scenes program that enhances the security of domestic and international commercial air travel through the use of improved watch list matching,” A TSA spokesperson said. “Collecting additional passenger data improves the travel experience for all airline passengers, including those who have been misidentified in the past.”
When passengers travel, they are required to provide their name, date of birth, gender and redress number as part of the Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) to the airlines who then submits this information to Secure Flight, which uses it to perform watch list matching. This serves to prevent individuals on the No Fly List from boarding an aircraft and to identify individuals on the Selectee List for enhanced screening.