TSA Getting Even Nosier

TSA Getting Even Nosier

If you’ve already booked your holiday flights, failing to supply airlines with certain personal information could lead to delays at the airport.
Starting Nov. 1, passengers flying on U.S. carriers domestically or abroad will have to supply their name as it’s written on a government-issued ID, such as a passport or driver’s license, along with their date of birth and gender at least 72 hours prior to a flight.
For flights scheduled after Nov. 1, but purchased before that date, airlines and online booking services, such as Expedia and Orbitz, should be contacting ticketholders to get the additional data. But if you have a ticket and don’t hear anything, be sure to contact them before the 72-hour window.

Failing to do so could lead to boarding delays since airlines won’t issue a boarding pass until the information has been verified.
For bookings made after Nov. 1, the data will be requested at the time of purchase.
The new rule is part of the Transportation Security Administration’s “Secure Flight” program, which is aiming to streamline the Department of Homeland Security’s watch-list matching process, according to TSA spokesman Nick Kimball. He says the passenger data will be “purged” after each flight.

The rule is expected to go into effect for international carriers as well by year-end, though most already are complying.

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