Secure Flight to enhance air travel safety

Airplane wing - Photo by ZoagliSecure Flight, an airline security program being implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), aims to enhance watch list matching after a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission. Upcoming changes are designed to make everyone safer and reduce errors in watch list matching.

The program is a collaborative effort between TSA and the airlines, and you’ll start to see some changes this summer.  However, this is a phased-in process, and each airline will incorporate changes gradually over the next few months. If you’re not prompted to provide the additional information discussed below, your travel will not be affected.

  • This summer, airlines will begin requesting that passengers use their name as it appears on the government ID they’re using when traveling to make reservations.
  • Beginning in August, airlines will ask passengers to provide their date of birth and gender.

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Secure Flight will transfer the responsibilityfor passenger watch list matching to TSA for flights into, out of and over the US. Benefits of this transfer include a decreased chance for compromised watch list data and earlier identification of potential matches. The transfer will also account for a more consistent matching process among airlines.

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Last updated by Jack on 14 December, 2014 in Travel News.

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