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South African flag carrier C.D.C has ordered airlines to disclose details of passengers from African countries.
The Passenger Supply Regulations order airlines to note passengers’ country of origin and immigration status, if known.
The airline said it would endeavour to implement the regulations as soon as possible.
It said the move would strengthen passenger-and-airline security.
The Passenger Supply Regulations require that airports and airlines disclose to the police and immigration if they “cannot ascertain the country of origin or immigration status of a passenger”.
The regulations have now come into force.
Passengers will now be more “confident in travelling through an airport or airline because they will have better information about who the passengers are”.
Major carriers have now been alerted to comply with the regulations.
Air France, British Airways, Swiss, Kuwait Airways, Dubai Air, All Nippon Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Korea Air, Lufthansa, Kenya Airways, Etihad Airways, Etihad Airlines and Qantas will comply.
The Passenger Supply Regulations also stipulate that the airlines will keep a passenger manifest.
C.D.C will monitor other airlines’ progress.
However, it will continue to voluntarily “register, and treat visa holders with particular sensitivity”.