TSA Secure Flight Program…Additional New Regulations

Beginning August 15, 2009, passengers will be asked to provide additional information when making reservations for air travel within, into, or out of the United States. This required information is full name, gender, and date of birth. Optionally, passengers may also provide a Redress number.

TSA Regulation

Secure Flight is a program developed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The mission of the Secure Flight program is to enhance the security of domestic and international commercial air travel.

Under the Secure Flight Final Rule, airlines will collect and send to the TSA the following additional information from passengers when making a reservation to fly within, into or out of the United States:

*    Full Name (required), as it appears on government-issued I.D. approved for use when traveling
*    Date of Birth (required)
*    Gender (required)
*    Redress Number (optional)

Note: Secure Flight uses the results of the Redress process in its watch list matching process, thus preventing future misidentifications for passengers who may have a name that is similar to an individual on the watch list. Those who believe they have been mistakenly matched to a name on the watch list are invited to apply for Redress through DHS TRIP. For more information on the redress process, visit http://www.dhs.gov/trip.

The TSA requirements only apply to flights booked on or after August 15, 2009. For previously booked travel, including travel after August 15, TSA does not require collection of Secure Flight data.

More information regarding Secure Flight is available from the TSA online at: http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/secureflight/index.shtm

Passenger Experience

Under Secure Flight, as is the case today, a passenger may be selected for additional screening at the airport, or may be deemed ineligible to fly if his or her name matches one found on a watch list.

Tips for Traveling

*    Provide the required and requested information when making a reservation to fly. By providing this information in advance, most passengers will not experience any differences from the way they traveled before. This information may help prevent misidentifications during the watch list matching process and help expedite your travel.
*    Many issues related to misidentification can be resolved by providing identification. Be sure to bring the appropriate, unexpired, government-issued documentation when flying. Examples of acceptable forms of identification include U.S. or foreign passports, state-issued drivers licenses, and U.S. Military I.D. A complete list can be found at http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/ .

Information about Secure Flight can be found at delta.com and nwa.com, as well as http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/secureflight/index.shtm.

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