Why is your travel planner asking for your passport number to make reservations? And why do they care about your birthday? If it's been a while since you last traveled, you may not be familiar with the TSA's Secure Flight requirements.
For airline tickets to be issued with the requirements of Secure Flight, mandated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), guests must provide their full name exactly as it appears on their government issued passport, date of birth and gender when making airline reservations. If this information is incorrect, guests may experience delays or denial when trying to board an air carrier and may also be subject to penalties.
The TSA must ensure known or suspected terrorists are unable to obtain a boarding pass. To mitigate this risk, the TSA is implementing its Secure Flight program – a behind-the-scenes watch list matching process that vets passengers against government watch lists before a boarding pass is ever issued.
To learn more visit www.tsa.gov/SecureFlight .
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