TSA’s New SecureFlight Program adds another step to your Travel Checklist

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The Transport Security Administration (TSA) has launched a new program called Secure Flight that aims to better protect you.

So what does this mean for you? When ever booking a flight traveling to, from or within the United States TSA will be double checking your information against your Official Government Issued ID or Passport. Basically this means that the full name, gender, and date of birth you use to book your flight must match your ID and or Passport.

The following Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) will be required when making a reservation:

  • Name as it appears on government-issued I.D. when traveling
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Redress Number (if available)

Why are they doing this? SecureFlight 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.

If your planning any upcoming flights, be sure to double check everything matches prior to booking to ensure a hassle-free flight.”