Carnival Corporation & plc to partner with Interpol for security screening
This is including its 10 brands and fleet of 101 ships that annually carry nearly 11 million passengers, or about half the global cruise market, to more than 700 ports around the world.
Carnival Corporation received approval to integrate its global passenger check-in process with Interpol'S I-Checkit system, a secure method for screening travel document information against Interpol's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, containing over 69 million records from 175 countries.
The approval resulted from a resolution vote held today in Bali, Indonesia, at Interpol'S General Assembly, the annual meeting of 190 member countries that comprise the world's largest international police organization.
Today's news follows a three-month I-Checkit pilot program on four of Carnival Corporation's Princess Cruises brand ships.
The trial included 34,000 travel documents that were successfully checked against the SLTD database to demonstrate the system's ability to enhance security for the global cruise industry.
The full results of the pilot program were presented to Interpol's General Assembly prior to its member countries passing an official resolution that enables Carnival Corporation to expand its I-Checkit deployment among its 10 cruise brands.
Carnival Corporation and Interpol can now work together on an expanded partnership agreement to cover a phased rollout of the I-Checkit system across its brands.
By partnering with Interpol on a global integration of I-Checkit technology, Carnival Corporation will further strengthen its leading safety and security protocols by creating a single global standard for security screening used throughout its ports of call.
As Carnival Corporation expands I-Checkit globally, the company's brands will be able to automatically query the SLTD database before and during the boarding process to see if any passenger travel documents have been reported lost or stolen.
To ensure privacy and security, no personal data is accessed or transmitted in this process. ■