The Secure Flight Program streamlines the watch list matching process. The program hopes to reduce the number of passengers misidentified as matches to the watch list by requiring date of birth and gender data when booking flights.
Under the new rules, you must provide the following information for air travel:
- Name as it appears on government-issued I.D. when traveling
- Date of Birth
- Redress Number (if available)
Redress is an opportunity for passengers to seek resolution and avoid future delays if they believe they have been improperly or unfairly delayed or prohibited from boarding an aircraft. These passengers often have the same or a similar name to someone on the watch list.
The Redress Number is additional information used to differentiate passengers who are not on the watch list from those that are.
If you are interested in obtaining a Redress Number, visit www.dhs.gov/trip and fill out the application. You will receive a Redress Number immediately that can be used to track your application. This is also the number you should provide to the airline once your application has been processed and finalized.
You will be notified by DHS once your application has been finalized.
Read more about the Secure Flight Program here.