The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now handling all security watch-list screenings for U.S.-based airlines as well as for inbound and outbound international routes.
As a result, airlines are required to collect additional passenger information whenever a new reservation involving a U.S.-based airline is made. This Secure Flight information includes the following:
- -Full name (including middle name if it exists) as it appears on the government-issued identification you use when traveling (e.g. your passport when traveling internationally)
- -Date of birth
Secure Flight information is passed to the TSA by the airline, where it is used to pre-screen passengers against names on U.S. Department of Homeland Security watch lists. A successful screening enables the airline to issue a boarding pass.
Launch of TSA Secure Flight
In an effort to support our airline partners and provide a more positive travel experience for our customers, we will begin to collect the full name, date of birth, and gender information for each passenger. This enables the airlines to pass passenger information to the TSA prior to departure date, reducing the number of additional questions and security procedures at check-in. Please note that this information is not mandatory when booking, but airlines will request this information at check-in (via Web, kiosk, or check-in counter) prior to issuing your boarding pass. Learn more about the TSA Secure Flight Program.
Booking & Travel Tips
- -Always book air travel using your full name as it appears on the government-issued ID you plan to use on the day of travel (e.g. drivers license if traveling within the United States, or passport if traveling internationally).
- -Verify that your profile is updated with your full name, date of birth, and gender information to ensure it is transmitted correctly from the airlines to the TSA.
- -When booking flights as a guest, ensure that your full name, date of birth, and gender information is complete prior to booking
- -Check in for your flight 24 hours in advance, if possible. Airlines will provide guidance at check-in when additional steps are required on the day of travel.
- -Allow extra time at the airport. Even if your information is accurate, other travelers may require additional assistance, causing delays at check-in.