Focus on e-Borders – Electronic Border Management Systems

Electronic borders have been regularly in the news over the last few months and years so I wanted to do a focus on what they have to offer both individuals and airlines. The UK Home office wants to implement e-borders to improve border security by screening travel document information (TDI), otherwise known as Advance Passenger Information (API), on people travelling to, and from, the UK. Already routinely submitted by airlines this data can be used both for border security and has the potential to deliver improvements to migration and population statistics.

e-Borders works by taking biographical TDI (API) of passengers and crew members via their air, sea or rail carrier prior to travel either into or out of the UK. TDI is the biographical data on a travel document i.e. name, date of birth, nationality, gender, travel document type, state of issue, number and expiry date. The information is provided electronically to e-Borders by the airlines, who are legally responsible for collecting the data.

Airline Responsibility

The legal responsibilities of airline carriers are found in the migration laws and regulations of the state that grants those rights to land. All carriers must therefore be familiar with, and comply with, a wide range of legislation and regulations relating to national border control procedure and admittance.

Having effective and harmonised guidelines to deal with the communication of advance passenger information, improperly documented travellers, the denial of boarding to potential asylum-seekers, and arrangements in regard to inadmissible passengers who are in transit are important for airlines and airports to meet their obligations and provide the highest levels of customer service, as well as keep control of operational costs of staff and IT systems incurred as a result of new security requirements and mandates.

Border Management Systems

There are a wide variety of border management systems available. The ARINC Border Management System is designed to adapt to operational changes new technology, enabling quick integration with new Border Control agencies demands and requirements.

The ARINC Border Management system is a role-based system and offers a full stay management capability, managing entry and exit processes, and improving traveller flow. The system supports secondary line investigative processes, enabling immigration, customs and other agencies to co-ordinate resources for a holistic view on potential threats.


All airlines, but especially those in business aviation need to consider cost in addition to effectiveness.  The complete ABMS solution features an adaptable platform to protect your investment long term and the flexibility of a local, distributed, or cloud configuration. For more information please visit:

ARINC Electronic Border Management System

ARINC Electronic Border Management System

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