August 18, 2009
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s passenger pre-screening programme, Secure Flight, hit a major milestone on Aug. 15, when the agency directed domestic airlines – and the travel agencies that support them – to begin collecting from passengers full names, dates of birth and gender.
The milestone is the program’s shift from planning to implementation, and follows an embattled journey that began more than five years ago when the government scrapped its predecessor, the controversial CAPPS II programme.
“There’s nothing more to be tested, and no more approvals we need,” said programme director Paul Leyh, a former US Airways executive. “All it is now is to start the implementation process.”
As of this month, domestic carriers are expected to collect those new passenger data at the time of reservation, but Leyh, in early August, said, “not all channels can be done exactly on Aug. 15, and because it’s phased in, some carriers may be asking for this information earlier and some a little bit later.”
The programme will undoubtedly affect large groups such as those on incentive travel tours.
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