Manifest Codes (AA)

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Manifest (Passenger Information List) Codes

Manifest codes are the codes that American Airlines uses on the passenger manifest for each flight, also called the Passenger Information List (PIL).

Manifest (PIL) Format

The format of the passenger manifest is as follows:

  1. Enumeration of passenger
  2. Passenger last name
  3. Passenger first name
  4. Group code (unrelated to boarding groups)
  5. Fare class code
  6. Destination airport code
  7. Seat number
  8. "F" or "E" - unknown purpose
  9. Number of bags
  10. Additional codes

Example of Manifest

A manifest might look something like this:

AA   620 01JAN   ORD K9    115P  28 PIL               (AA flight 620 on Jan 1, departing ORD Gate K9 1:15pm, arriving DCA Gate 28) 
 1 WASHINGTON GEORG     O   DCA 22D-F  1 SC LF ET


 2 ADAMS      JOHN  CJ2 X   DCA  4E-F NB SC LF EP ET
                                         ADC

 3 JEFFERSON  THOMA     N   DCA 20B-F  1 SC LF AG ET


 4 MADISON    JAMES     Y   DCA 26F-F NB SC LF AD ET


 5 MONROE     JAMES     B   DCA 26E-F NB SC LF


 6 QUINCY ADA JOHN  CJ2 X   DCA  4F-F NB SC LF PL ET
                                         ADC

 7 JACKSON    ANDRE CI2 Q   DCA 16B-F  2 SC LF AG ET
                                         ADC

 8 VAN BUREN  MARTI CI2 Q   DCA 16A-F  2 SC LF AG ET
                                         ADC

 9 HARRISON   WILLI     V   DCA 19D-F NB SC LF AD ET
                                         RCK

10 TYLER      JOHN      F   DCA  3F-F  1 SC LF ET

Manifest (PIL) Codes

Group Code

Group codes consist of two letters and a trailing digit and are used to designate parties traveling together. The first two letters differentiate one party from another. The trailing digit indicates the number of people in the party. Letter assignments are completely random, but unique to each flight. Note that these codes are unrelated to boarding groups used at the gate (i.e. Groups 1-6).

  • AC2
  • AD2
  • AG2
  • AH2
  • etc.

Number of Bags

  • 1, 2, 3 - Number of bags checked
  • NB - No baggage

Additional Codes

AA Frequent Traveler (FQTV) and Club Designations

  • AD - AAdvantage member, no elite status
  • ADM - Admirals Club member
  • AG - AAdvantage Gold
  • AP - AAirpass passenger
  • CLUB - Club Access
  • EP - AAdvantage Executive Platinum
  • KEY - ConciergeKey Member
  • PL - AAdvantage Platinum
  • VIP - Very Important Passenger

oneworld Alliance Elite Designations

  • xxEM - Emerald, Exec Plat Equivalent
  • xxSP - Sapphire, Platinum Equivalent
  • xxRB - Ruby, Gold Equivalent

Where xx is the airline code (e.g. CX, QF ....)

Other Designations

  • ADC - Companion upgrade requested
  • BP - Boarding Pass issued
  • BT - Bag Tag issued
  • CHD - Child, 2-11 years old
  • CL - Displays all Cleared Passengers, but not manner they were cleared
  • CLE - Baggage cleared
  • CM - Comment Message for a passenger (with text)
  • DSR - Passenger ticketed in First Class, confirmed in the main cabin and desires to travel in ticketed cabin
  • EIB - “EDIFACT Inbound” connecting from another carrier
  • EOB - “EDIFACT Outbound” connecting to another carrier
  • ET - Electronic ticket
  • IB - Inbound connection (AA flight)
  • INF - Passenger is Traveling with a lap Infant
  • LF - Lifted; indicates that a ticket or electronic ticket has been scanned, or “lifted”, upon boarding the aircraft
  • OB - Outbound connection (AA flight)
  • ON - Passenger onboard
  • ONE - Unknown
  • OS - Oversale
  • PCC - Premium Credit Card
  • PR - Pre-reserved Seat
  • RCK - Remote check-in
  • SC - Security checked; this code is a remnant of the days when passengers were asked "security questions" prior to receiving a boarding pass

SSR (special service requests)

  • ALTE - Entrée selection - alternate
  • BEEF - Entrée selection - beef
  • BLND - Passenger is visually impaired
  • BMAA - Additional AAdvantage Bonus Miles (non-Elite qualifying)
  • CERL - Entrée selection - cereal-based breakfast
  • CHCK - Entrée selection - chicken
  • CHES - Entrée selection - fruit and cheese plate
  • CKBE - Non-Elite Customers Baggage Charge Waiver
  • CKBP - Elite Customers Baggage Charge Waiver
  • DEAF - Passenger is hearing impaired
  • DEPA - Deportee (accompanied)
  • DEPU - Deportee (unaccompanied)
  • DOCV - Documents Verified (passport and/or visa for international travel)
  • DRNK - Complimentary Drink or Headset
  • EGGS - Entrée selection - egg-based breakfast
  • GRPO - Group 1 General Boarding
  • HAND - In handcuffs
  • INAD - Inadmissible (Returnee) Deportee
  • LANG - Language “speaks ________ language only”
  • MAAS - Meet and Assist, passenger has requested assistance
  • MEDA - Medical Clearance Required
  • OATM - Entrée selection - oatmeal breakfast
  • OXYG - Oxygen Required CONT = continuous use
  • PCTC - Personal Contact Information
  • PETC - Pet in the Cabin
  • PSTA - Entrée selection - pasta
  • SOUP - Entrée selection - soup snack
  • STBY - Same Day Standby for earlier flights only allowed
  • TWOV - Transiting without a Visa
  • UADT - Unaccompanied Adult with mental disability
  • UMNR - Unaccompanied minor
  • WCHR - Wheelchair/can walk up stairs
  • WCHS - Wheelchair/can walk to seat/needs aisle chair
  • WCHC - Wheelchair/needs aisle chair for stairs and to/from seat

Potentially No Longer Used

  • ARMD - Armed [this may no longer be used]
  • CS - Codeshare passenger [this may no longer be used]
  • EMPL - Employee [this may no longer be used]
  • ESCT - Officer escort [this may no longer be used]
  • PSPT - Passport Information Added [replaced by DOCS, which does not show]
  • SM - Special meal [this may no longer be used]
  • TT - Ticketless traveler checked in [this may no longer be used]

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