The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is in the process of implementing a new initiative, known as the “Secure Flight Program”, that is designed to improve the safety of airline passengers and make it more convenient to fly to/from the United States.
Effective October 1, 2010, if your travel plans include airline flights to/from the United States, you will be required to provide the following information at the time you make your reservations and at least 72 hours before beginning travel:
- Full Name (as it appears on your passport)
- Date of Birth
- Passport number and date of expiration
The information you provide will be submitted to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials, who will then check it against the information on those persons included on its no-fly lists. If the TSA has not received this information in a timely manner, then your reservations may be cancelled and you could be denied boarding at the time you are scheduled to fly. For additional information, use the following link to visit the website of the Transportation Security Administration: Secure Flight Program.