Secure Flight is a behind the scenes program that streamlines the watch list matching process. It will improve the travel experience for all passengers, including those who have been misidentified in the past.
UnderSecure Flight, TSA requires airlines to collect and transmit to TSA the following Secure Flight Passenger Data:
TSA determined that mandating the provision of the additional data elements of date of birth and gender would greatly reduce the number of passengers misidentified as a match to the watch list. It is to the passenger's advantage to provide the required data elements as doing so may prevent delays or inconveniences at the airport, particularly for those individuals who have similar names to those on the watch lists.
Secure Flight required that all airlines request and collect Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) as of October 31, 2009. Secure Flight is being phased in with each airline. Implementation with all domestic airlines is scheduled to be completed by early 2010 and international carriers by the end of 2010.
The goals of the program are to:
By assuming watch list matching responsibilities from the airlines, TSA:
The biggest change for most passengers will be providing additional information when booking a reservation for air travel. Under Secure Flight, airlines require that passengers provide their full name, date of birth, and gender when making a reservation to travel and will request a passenger's Redress Number and passport information if available. Otherwise, the passenger experience under Secure Flight will be the same for most travelers.
Secure Flight is a behind-the-scenes process that TSA and airlines collaborate on to compare the information you provide against government watch lists. The additional data elements that you may be asked to provide, such as date of birth and gender, serve to better differentiate you from individuals on the government watch lists.
Due to differences in boarding pass systems, boarding passes may not always display the exact name you provided when booking your travel. The name you provide when booking your travel is used to perform the watch list matching before a boarding pass is ever issued, so small differences between the passenger's ID and the passenger name printed on the boarding pass, such as the use of a middle initial instead of a full middle name or no middle name/initial at all, or hyphens and apostrophes should not cause a problem for the passenger.
Redress is an opportunity for passengers who believe they have been improperly or unfairly delayed or prohibited from boarding an aircraft to seek resolution and avoid future delays. The affected passengers often have the same or a similar name to someone on the watch list. The DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP) provides a one-stop shop for passengers seeking redress. Secure Flight uses the results of the redress process in its watch list matching process to help prevent future delays for misidentified passengers. For more information on the redress process, visit http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/dhs-traveler-redress-inquiry-program-dhs-trip.
Secure Flight uses the results of the redress process in its watch list matching process, thus helping to prevent future misidentifications for passengers who may have a name that's similar to an individual name on the watch list.
After receiving the Redress Number, passengers should provide the number to their travel arranger or airline representative when making airline reservations. By doing so, passengers can avoid inconveniences or delays that may result from mistaken identity. If passengers are not asked for the Redress Number by their travel arranger or airline representative, they should volunteer the number to the agent taking the reservation or provide the Redress Number when checking in for their flight.
After submitting your application for redress, you will receive your Redress Number immediately. This number is used to track your application, but will also serve as the number to be provided when travelling in the future. Please bear in mind that even though you have been assigned a Redress Number, your application must still be processed. Once your application is processed and finalized, you will be notified with a letter.
Please note that DHS and airlines can neither confirm nor deny whether an individual is on a Federal watch list because this information is derived from classified and sensitive law enforcement and intelligence information. In addition, DHS cannot ensure that your travel will always be delay-free. Airline check-in procedures must still be followed and other security measures remain in place at the airport.
To apply for redress through DHS Transportation Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP), visit www.dhs.gov/trip.
To check the status of your inquiry, go to https://trip.dhs.gov/status.aspx and enter your Redress Number. If you have lost or misplaced your Redress Number, contact DHS TRIP by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TSA takes the security of personal information very seriously. The personal data that Secure Flight proposes to collect is protected by the highest set of security protocol standards established by the federal government.
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Secure Flight guards the privacy of individuals by adhering to the letter and spirit of privacy law, by treating individuals and their personal privacy information with respect, ensuring a high standard of privacy protection, and responding effectively to public concerns.
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