Travel Office: New Requirements in Place for Airline Passengers - 05/19/09

When airline passengers book reservations, they must now enter their full name exactly as it appears on the government-issued identification they will use on their trip.

The requirement, part of Homeland Security’s multi-phase Secure Flight program, went into effect May 15, according to an announcement by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It is the first aspect of the program that is noticeable to the public.

Secure Flight shifts pre-departure watch-list matching responsibilities from individual aircraft operators to the TSA. The program’s second phase is scheduled to begin Aug. 15, when passengers will be required to enter their date of birth and gender when booking airline flights.

The Secure Flight program satisfies requirements from the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and 9/11 Commission Act signed into law in 2007.

Purdue University’s preferred online booking tool, Egencia Corporate Travel, will update its Web site to accommodate these requirements.

Please contact Linda Ford in the University’s Travel Office for more information about Egencia Corporate Travel and Secure Flight.