Can You Search an Airline Passenger Name Record?


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You can seek access to your own passenger name record, or PNR, by submitting a request to the U.S.Customs and Border Protection agency under the Freedom of Information Act. You must provide proof of identity to confirm you are the subject of record you are requesting.

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You can also request the PNR on behalf of someone else so long as you have a signed consent form, such as a G-28 form, or Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, that permits the Customs and Border Protection agency to release information to a third party. For further information, visit the CBP.gov site and navigate to the page headed "What Records Can CBP Provide Under FOIA?" in the Freedom of Information section under Site Policies And Notices.

The CBP.gov site also offers a PDF file of Passenger Name Record Frequently Asked Questions. An airline passenger name record contains all the information relating to a flight booking, including passenger's personal details, flight information and payment methods.

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