What You Need to Know: Secure Flight Passenger Data

Under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Secure Flight is a behind the scenes program that enhances the security of domestic and international commercial air travel through the use of improved watch list matching. By collecting additional passenger data, it will improve the travel experience for all airline passengers, including those who have been misidentified in the past.

When passengers travel, they will be required to provide the following Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) to their airline when making a reservation:

Name as it appears on government-issued I.D. when traveling

* Date of Birth

* Gender

* Redress Number (if available)

The airline will transmit this information to Secure Flight, who uses it to perform watch list matching. This serves to prevent individuals on the No Fly List from boarding an aircraft and to identify individuals on the Selectee List for enhanced screening. After matching passenger information against government watch lists, Secure Flight transmits the matching results back to airlines.

The Transportation Security Administration began implementing Secure Flight in late 2009 and expects all international carriers with direct flights to the U.S. to begin using Secure Flight by the end of 2010.

Beginning November 1, 2010, air reservations without full SFPD will be rejected by the TSA's Secure Flight rule and will not be processed. Although this mandate for airlines is effective November 1, 2010, many airlines have announced they will begin enforcing the SFPD requirements as early as July 1, 2010, to ensure compliance with the TSA.

For more information, visit the Secure Flight Program.

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Airport Security - New Rules by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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