(Dive Travel Business News - May 22, 2009) --This month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration officially rolled out the first public phase of its Secure Flight program, which requires domestic airlines to start collecting more precise passenger name identification information.
That, of course, means that travel agents, GDSs, online travel companies and myriad other links in the distribution chain must fall into compliance, though when and how are not really clear.
The TSA says it needs the precise names of passengers to expedite checking travel documents for security screening measures. At the moment, though, it’s all something of a fire drill. There’s no need to worry if names fail to match up exactly on various travel documents, because the TSA isn’t actually checking yet — and it won’t be checking for a while, though no one is really sure how long a while might be. read more »