Honduras and the United States Sign Air Travelers Information Exchange

Honduran Secretary of Security, Oscar Alvarez, discussed joint US-Honduras security strategies on Monday, September 10th, with US Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and the two signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the bilateral use of traveler information to strengthen international air transportation security.

“The United States and Honduras have a shared interest in protecting the security of the region and securing air travel between our nations, while facilitating legitimate travel and trade,” Napolitano said in a prepared statement, adding, “this agreement affirms both nations’ commitment to increasing information sharing capabilities and strengthening aviation security standards.”

The Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) is a US Customs and Border Protection program that is designed to enhance border security through the collection and review of passenger information.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement on the meeting that “the APIS MOU strengthens the ongoing partnership between [DHS] and its Honduran counterparts. DHS currently works with the Honduran government through a transnational criminal investigative unit to fight drug trafficking, transnational gangs, organized crime and related violence in effort to enhance border security, operated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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