Travelers are abuzz nowadays about the amount of information they need to provide when they travel. Though providing your personal information to your travel agent may seem inconvenient and risky, these are mere safety measures to ensure accuracy for a safe and comfortable journey wherever in the world you and your family choose to travel.
Airlines are now collecting additional passenger information as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implements the Secure Flight Program (SFP). Passengers making a reservation are required to provide their full name (as it appears on the identification document used when traveling), date of birth, and gender. TSA matches this information against government watch lists to:
- Prevent individuals on the No Fly List from boarding an aircraft.
- Identify individuals on the Selectee List for enhanced screening.
- Facilitate passenger air travel.
- Protect individuals' privacy.
As with all implementations in the travel industry, the SFP will be in launched in phases to assess how the public will perceive it. Passengers need not worry about being requested to provide the required information as it will not impact their travel dates and reservations. This additional information improves pre-flight security process and helps passengers clear their names to avoid misidentification in the event of a match on the watch list. More importantly, the SFP measures utilize state-of-the-art technology to ensure passenger information remains private, reassuring the safety of passengers and their families no matter where they decide to travel.
For more information about the Secure Flight Program, visit http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/secureflight/.
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