Secure Flight Final Rule – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued its Final Rule on Secure Flight. This rule shifts pre-departure watch list matching responsibilities from individual airlines to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is one of the key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. The final rule requires the airlines to collect passengers’ full name as it appears the government issued ID they plan to use at the airport security checkpoint, date of birth and gender. If a traveler has a Redress Number, obtained from DHS following problems getting through security, this number may be collected as well. If this information is not provided, a boarding pass cannot be printed. What this means to travel agents is that, when notified by the airlines, probably one at a time as they are transitioned into the Secure Flight program,
Secure Flight Final Rule you will be required to collect for each passenger:
- Full name as it appears on the identification to be used to pass through airport security;
- Date of birth; and
- Gender. This information must be collected no later than 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure time, unless the reservation is made within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time, in which case it must be collected at the time of booking.
The new rule will begin with a soft launch in early 2009, at which point some airlines can begin forwarding domestic data to TSA. A full implementation of Secure Flight will begin around September 2009, when the program would assume, from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the international air carriers, the watch list matching function for passengers on international flights.