Automated security checks for all exiting Australia

12 April 2016

This article originally appeared here.

All passengers exiting Australia will now be subjected to an automated check. The Outward Advance Passenger Processing (APP) programme uses iBorders® from SITA, the provider of border security and IT solutions to governments, airlines and airports. SITA’s iBorders system provides real-time, integration between the airlines’ systems and the department’s border management systems.

Outward APP, which provides interactive advanced passenger information (i-API), was put in place following legislation enacted by the Australian government to help improve Australia’s border integrity and national security. As part of these measures, airlines are required to provide data for all travellers departing Australia in advance of their flight. The airline transmits each passenger’s data to the department during check-in, receiving in response a ‘board’/’no board’ message in real-time. Passengers who are pre-cleared for departure through this process are allowed to quickly self-process through passport control by using the SmartGate in Australia’s international airports.
The process also facilitates the identification of passengers who may be a security concern ahead of departure. SITA's iBorders enables the department to receive passenger data from the airlines with enough time to pre-process travellers before they arrive at the border.
John Gibbon, assistant secretary traveller branch at the department, said, “Outward APP delivers a faster and more seamless experience for travellers, while meeting our business needs to manage threats and ensure the integrity of Australia’s border.”
Following a trial with a limited number of airlines, all 47 airlines are now fully certified and running around two million transactions a month through the Australian Outward APP programme powered by iBorders.