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TSA Secure Flight Information

Questions about airline ticketing and the TSA’s Secure Flight Program often  come up when booking airline tickets.  Here is my distilled version of the TSA’s behind-the-scene watchlist program.

Since November 1, 2010 airline passengers are require to provide “secure flight information” to the TSA when booking an airline ticket originating or terminating in the USA.   This information contains your official name as it appears on government issued ID, gender and birthday (and redress # if necessary).

When booking an airline ticket online, this information is collected at the end of your booking progress.  It is best to provide one’s full name (first, middle and last) including suffixes such as Jr. and III.

Some people, whose name closely matches a name of a known suspected threat to security may request a “redress number” which separates them form the name of the person who is on the TSA’s “known threats” list.

 For complete information visit this link at the TSA website.

About the Author

David McGuffin established David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc. in 2001 to formally offer European tours. Since then, he has taken several thousand satisfied customers on memorable and educational tours to Europe.

  1. Beth Reply

    How do you find out if your name is close to a name on the “watch” list? I’d hate to standing at the airport and not being able to board while something like that was being sorted out.

    • admin Reply

      With the name “Ford” I don’t think you’ll have to worry, but here is a link with information abou the “watch list.”

      http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/watchlist_101.shtm
      Additionally, the TSA requires that everyone submit SECURE FLIGHT INFORMATION, before check-in. This includes the passenger’s full name, date of birth and gender.

  2. Isaura Amason Reply

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