TSA to start enforcing rule on matching passenger data

TSA to start enforcing rule on matching passenger data

By Roger Yu, USA TODAY
A Transportation Security Administration officer checks IDs at a security check point in Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

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Starting next month, federal regulators will start cracking down on a new rule that requires air passengers to submit personal identification data when booking for flights and show a recognized government ID at the airport that matches the information. The rule was introduced last year, but the Transportation Security Administration imposed a year-long grace period that ends at the end of the month.

On its blog, TSA says it will not approve airlines to issue a boarding pass if the required information – your name, date of birth and gender as it appears on your government ID – was not provided by customers at the time of booking.
The requirement is part of a TSA program – called Secure Flight – that aims to match the names on the government’s no-fly watch lists. TSA assumed the task from airlines following a recommendation by the 9/11 Commission, the blog says.

TSA says it needs passenger data to carry out the task. And passengers will not be able to print boarding passes at home if they fail to provide the information while booking.
Passengers who have an existing reservation for travel after Nov. 1 but did not provide complete data should contact their airlines or agents prior to arriving at the airport.

TSA recommends that passengers enter their name as it appears on their government ID. They should stay consistent in using the name on their ID and the information they provide at the time of booking, it says.
“Small differences in the name on the boarding pass and ID, like middle initials, should not impact your travel,” it says.
Posted Oct 26 2010 2:43PM

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