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November 15, 2010
U.S. INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL STATISTICS SYSTEM RE-ENGINEERED
Source Document DHS I-92 is Now ‘Paperless’
The U.S. Department of Commerce relies on international air traffic data provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Customs & Border Protection (C&BP) to analyze and report on air passenger flows into and out of the United States. From the 1970’s through June 2010, I-92 source data were based on manual recordkeeping through the media of paper documents (DHS I-92 Aircraft/Vessel Report), one report for each of the 950,000 flights per year. However, starting in July 2010, C&BP moved away from the paper based system to an electronic record system. It is expected that the July 2010 data will be processed via the new C&BP production system by early December.
The electronic “I-92” system will benefit OTTI reporting in several ways.
The DHS I-92 is the only source of U.S. citizen and non-citizen air traffic on international flights to and from the United States. Specifically, OTTI uses DHS I-92 data to report U.S. citizen air departure “outbound” travel from U.S. airports to international airports. OTTI also uses the I-92 data in the management of its Survey of International Air Travelers program. These data form the basis for estimating travel imports in the U.S. Balance of Payments.
On a related topic, DHS converted its DHS I-94W’s individual arrival/departure record from paper to electronic for all air and sea arrivals as part of the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) program for citizens from Visa-Waiver countries. This transition, which was completed in late June 2010, has gone quite smoothly. (DHS still collects the paper I-94 forms from citizens of countries for which a visa is required to enter the United States.) All of the I-94 data are used to estimate travel exports in the U.S. Balance of Payments.
For more detailed information on the U.S. international travel abroad research program, please visit: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i92/index.html.
U.S. Department of Commerce