Local airlines already in accordance with new TSA regulations

Local airlines already in accordance with new TSA regulations

Ashley Bailey/For the Times-Standard
Posted: 11/01/2010 01:13:33 AM PDT

Today marks the deadline for airlines to comply with new Transportation Security Administration rules that require domestic airlines to collect additional information from travelers before they board a plane.

Passengers must now submit their full legal name as it appears on their identification, date of birth and gender. It is part of a government-mandated “Secure Flight” program, first introduced in August 2009, that fulfills recommendations by the 9/11 Commission.
Passengers can provide Secure Flight data at the time of purchase of a ticket — whether it be online or through a booking agent — or it may also be submitted to their airline at the time of check-in.

At the Arcata-Eureka Airport, both Horizon Air and United Airlines have already been complying with the new standards.
United Airlines Media Relations spokesperson Sara Massier said they started collecting information from passengers in October.
Horizon Air Media Relations Manager Jen Boyer said they began collecting information from passengers more than a year ago.
”There were some initial concerns from passengers about why they had to provide this privacy information, but as a the TSA initiated their publicity campaign about needing the information, the complaints dropped off,” Boyer said.

Deborah Sanders, manager of Daliane’s World Wide Travel Service in Eureka, said she was concerned not all passengers know about the new requirement.
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