Reply to post: Re: Why does antipodean data travel pass outside local jurisdictions

Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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Re: Why does antipodean data travel pass outside local jurisdictions

Former Customs worker and SmartGate project team member here.

The actual reason Australia and New Zealand are dependent on SITA is for Advanced Passenger Information (API), which tells Immigration who is on the aeroplane for pre-screening purposes. API is used before the passenger gets on the plane, too. It helps make sure the passenger has a valid visa to enter the country.

see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_Passenger_Information_System

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