Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on April 19, 2012. A controversial deal enabling the longterm transfer of EU air passenger data to US authorities as part of the global fight against terror was finally approved today in the European Parliament. The agreement, intended to replace a provisional accord from 2007, sets the legal conditions for the transfer of air passengers' personal data to the US Department of Homeland Security.  So-called Passenger Name Record (PNR) information is provided by travellers and collected by air carriers during reservation and check-in procedures. 
 AFP PHOTO/FREDERICK FLORIN        (Photo credit should read FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/GettyImages)