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Oct312010

TSA Takes Over Passenger Screening

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Starting Monday, passengers into and out of the United States will be asked to provide additional information before completing the purchase of an airline ticket.  The new program is called "Secure Flight" and was a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. 

The change has been in the works and is not a response to the attempted bombings of cargo flights this weekend.  It takes watch list matching, based on the FBI's terror watch list, out of the hands of airlines into those of the government. 

Passengers will be asked to submit their full name, date of birth and gender before printing a boarding pass. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will compare the information with the list.  If the passenger does not provide the information, they will be unable to print the pass and will be referred to the ticket counter, where the matching process will be conducted.  TSA says the process can be done in real time and should not cause boarding delays. 

The system has been in use for some time by some airlines in advance of Monday's deadline.  American Airlines has been using it since mid-September.

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