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Secure Flight Program begins this fall

Posted 10/14/2010   Updated 10/14/2010 Email story   Print story


by Jill Sullivan
66th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Commercial Travel Office

10/14/2010 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- This fall, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will complete implementation of the Secure Flight Program, which aims to enhance the security of domestic and international commercial air travel using improved watch list matching.

Effective Nov. 1, all passengers will be required to have Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) in their reservation at least 72 hours prior to departure and will be unable to travel without providing this information. Although not effective until Nov. 1, some airlines are requiring this information immediately.

SFPD includes the traveler's full name, date of birth, gender and redress number, if applicable. The traveler's full name must match the government issued identification, which includes a driver's license, passport or military identification.

"For example, if the government identification used contains full middle name, then the SFPD must reflect full middle name," said Jim Taggart, director of the 66th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

The Defense Travel System (DTS) was modified in September 2009 to capture and transmit the required SFPD. Travelers making reservations in DTS must verify the SFPD is accurate and complete.

"Those traveling should not include rank, titles or suffixes like 'CPT', 'CMSgt.', 'Ms.' or 'Jr.,' or special characters in the SFPD," said Mr. Taggart. "This information will be saved to your DTS TSA profile."

The system will continue to prompt travelers to verify or update this information each time they attempt to make any travel reservations.

Effective Oct. 1, those who contact the commercial travel office directly to make reservations will be required to provide an SFPD at the time the reservation is requested or the reservation will not be accepted.

For additional information about TSA's Secure Flight Program and program questions, visit www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/secureflight/index.shtm.

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