Does anyone know if a previous flight's passenger name list or passenger name record (PNL or PNR) is publicly accessible?

Edit: I was asking in order to see the number of passengers on the plane after take off, not the identities of the passengers.

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    That would be a huge breach of privacy, wouldn't it? Jan 13, 2020 at 3:51
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    If it is available, it’s going to be reported to all sorts of regulatory bodies.
    – user29788
    Jan 13, 2020 at 4:24
  • If an airline wished to go bankrupt it could do this... Jan 13, 2020 at 4:24
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    @SpehroPefhany: not, they mishandle data very often. For once: they call people with name (e.g. special diet, or in upper classes). And it is not seldom to find the list in the galley (e.g. when going to WC). If a bank does something like this, I would change bank and report them. Jan 13, 2020 at 8:08
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    Why would it be? What a bizarre question.
    – user428517
    Jan 13, 2020 at 18:37

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No, it is not accessible publicly

The full passenger lists are limited to certain staff members. Been working for airlines for so long and never got that level of access, most likely never will.

Even in cases where some passenger information must be shared, for example, passengers who ask for special meals, a small list of these passengers (seat number, last name and meal type) will be supplied to the crew. It will not be considered PII (Personally identifiable information).

Cabin pursers (the chief cabin crew) might have a list of frequent fliers in first/business classes to be able to serve them more (depending on the airline).

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) touches everything!

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