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TSA Secure Flight Data Requirements Now in Effect for All Air Passengers - 11/9/10

Purdue’s Central Travel Office reminds University travelers to be sure the name on their airline ticket matches the name on their government-issued photo ID. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Secure Flight regulations went into effect Nov. 1 that prohibit airlines from issuing boarding passes to passengers whose name, date of birth and/or gender listed on their photo ID do not match the information provided when the flight was booked.

The Secure Flight information is required for all air travel to, from or over the United States, as well as all for U.S. carriers flying worldwide. It is required regardless of where or how the airfare was purchased.

The Secure Flight regulations are part of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which requires the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA to monitor and compare pre-flight passenger information against federal watch lists.

University travelers who have created their profile and account with Purdue’s preferred online booking tool, Egencia Corporate Travel, or others such as Expedia and Orbitz, are encouraged to update their profile to comply with the TSA Secure Flight Program data (full name, date of birth and gender). The Travel Office also encourages travelers to update their frequent flyer plans to match their government ID.

Travelers and certified travel arrangers can add their Secure Flight passenger data to the Egencia website using the Secure Flight module, which appears on the website in two locations — the passenger’s Egencia profile and travel preferences.

To update your Egencia profile:
     • Sign in to Egencia.
     • Click “My Profile” located under the menu bar at the top.
     • Click “TSA Secure Flight” located at the top of the next page under the “Travel documents” header in the “Personal Information” area.
     • Enter your full name, gender, date of birth (matching your government ID) and, if applicable, the TSA Redress Number or Known Traveler Number. (See FAQs below.)
    • Click “SAVE SETTINGS.”

To update travel preferences: 
     • Enter the Secure Flight passenger information when booking the travel.

The Secure Flight data will be saved in the passenger’s Egencia traveler profile to be automatically applied to future reservations booked with Egencia.

More information about Secure Flight is available on the Secure Flight Program page of the TSA website.

Questions about Purdue University travel may be directed to Linda Ford, disbursements manager, Accounts Payable and Travel, 494-1699.

FAQs

Q. What is a TSA Redress Number and TSA Known Traveler Number?
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A TSA Redress Number is for individuals who have been subjected to repeated security screenings due to being flagged incorrectly on the watch list. Travelers can apply for a Redress Number via the Department of Homeland Security Traveler Redress Inquiry Program.

Q.  How will this program affect my travel experience?
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The biggest change for most passengers will be providing additional information when booking a reservation for air travel. Under Secure Flight, airlines require that passengers provide their full name, date of birth, and gender when making a reservation to travel and will request a passenger's Redress Number and passport information if available. Otherwise, the passenger experience under Secure Flight will be the same for most travelers. The TSA Redress Number is for individuals who have been subjected to repeated security screenings due to being flagged incorrectly on the watch list. Travelers can apply for a Redress Number via the Department of Homeland Security Traveler Redress Inquiry Program.

Q.  If the name printed on my boarding pass is different than what appears on my government ID, will I still be able to fly?
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Secure Flight is a behind-the-scenes process that TSA and airlines collaborate on to compare the information you provide against government watch lists. The additional data elements that you may be asked to provide, such as date of birth and gender, serve to better differentiate you from individuals on the government watch lists.

Due to differences in boarding pass systems, boarding passes may not always display the exact name you provided when booking your travel. The name you provide when booking your travel is used to perform the watch list matching before a boarding pass is ever issued, so small differences between the passenger’s ID and the passenger name printed on the boarding pass, such as the use of a middle initial instead of a full middle name or no middle name/initial at all, or hyphens and apostrophes should not cause a problem for the passenger.

More information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the TSA website.


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