On Wednesday, Airline service provider Airline Express said it will pay $5 billion in fines and other penalties to help protect its customers’ data.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been cracking down on data breaches and privacy breaches since January.
The FAA has also launched a pilot program for carriers that would help them comply with the agency’s requirements, but only to the extent necessary to protect their customers’ information.
The fines will be levied by the Federal Aviation Adminstration and collected through a joint effort between the FAA and the U.S. Attorneys Offices.
Airline service company United Continental has been the subject of multiple federal investigations, including a probe into the way it handled customer data.
The company was fined $1.3 billion in 2014, and the FAA has been working on a pilot project with the company to help it comply with its data privacy requirements.
United Airlines has also been hit with a lawsuit from a former employee who said she was fired because of the airline’s data privacy practices.
Airline customers who rely on AirlinePass to book flights will be able to access their information in the near future, but some passengers may still need to sign up for a new Airline Pass to access the information.
Airlines that have not yet started the process to set up Airlinepass are asking passengers to sign-up for a second AirlinePASS account in order to access more information.
United customers can sign up here to receive the new AirLinePass account.