TSA / USCBP APIS Changes Overview – what you need to know:
USCBP and TSA have new APIS (Advance Passenger Information System) rulings requiring complex changes for 135 Operators and 121 Operators alike. International travel will now require passenger manifests to be submitted to Customs prior to check-in, whereby CBP will assign clearance to each passenger prior to your being able to issue boarding passes to them. After check-in has been completed and the check-in counter is closed, you must then transmit a complete manifest with all APIS passenger data to CBP—at least 30 minutes prior to aircraft door being closed (APIS 30). In addition to having to having to send and receive these communications from CBP, you also have to transmit any CHANGES to the manifests and/or itineraries already transmitted to CBP as they occur. CBP also may, at any time, revoke or change individual passenger clearance statuses, meaning that you must monitor for incoming CBP messages at all times, and update your data accordingly, and be able to respond to CBP that you have received the message and effected any requested changes. Lastly, upon departure, you must transmit “closing” messages to CBP, stating who actually has boarded on the aircraft, and who was on the manifest but did not board.
APIS1.com ONE SOLUTION
The APIS1.com server acts as a middle-man between your system (reservation, departure control, and check-in) and the CBP APIS system. The APIS1.com server tracks and manages all passenger statuses and automatically handles all communication messages to and from CBP. Robust message handling and numerous available message formats are handled by the APIS1.com server, allowing for little, or NO, changes to your current system. If you are currently emailing CBP your manifest data now, all you would have to do is change the email address to send the manifests to the APIS1.com server, and the APIS1.com server will automatically submit, track, and manage all communications to CBP. Standardized or custom e-mail responses back to you are available; in addition to being able to query the APIS1.com system for real-time status updates using SSL secured XML.
The APIS1.com system also directly interfaces into our CheckTSA.com system as well as our CRS Manager system (CRSManager.com) and web-based real-time check-in modules. The CheckTSA.com system is a dedicated, stand-alone, web-based system for TSA vetting of domestic and international flight manifests.
DATA TRANSFORMATION SERVICES
APIS1.com also offers DATA TRANSFORMATION Services for developers who need to rapidly update
their own internal systems for compliance. By using this feature, various message formats can
be processed and converted by the APIS1.com system and presented back to you in an easily managed
and standardized format. CBP APIS responses (CUSRES) are sent back in UN/EDIFACT format, which
is difficult to easily separate into manageable data. APIS1.com solves this problem.
APIS1.com can also convert IATA PNL's, PNR's, and UN/EDIFACT PAXLST data into simpler formats,
The proposed SECURE FLIGHT rulings, which will require similar communications and tracking for domestic flights will be handled by APIS1.com servers in the same manner as international flights. The same exact systems you use for international flights can be implemented for the domestic flights. Legacy TSA vetting, as handled with the CheckTSA.com system will automatically work in parallel with the SECURE FLIGHT vetting done through the APIS1.com servers allowing you to easily operate using BOTH requirements as the proposed rule states will have to be done during transitional time frames.