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How Secure Flight Affects You

All passengers are required to provide the following Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) to the airline:

  • Full Name (as it appears on government-issued identification [ID] used when traveling)
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Redress Number (airlines must request it, but it is optional for passengers to provide it, if available)

What Are The Benefits Of Secure Flight?

By assuming watch list matching responsibilities from the airlines, TSA:

  • Provides earlier identification of potential matches, allowing for expedited notification of law enforcement and threat management
  • Provides a fair, equitable, and consistent matching process across all airlines
  • Offers consistent application of an integrated redress process for misidentified individuals via the Department of Homeland Security's Travel Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP)

Redress - For Passengers Who Feel They Have Been Misidentified

Redress is an opportunity for passengers who believe they have been improperly delayed or prohibited from boarding an aircraft to seek resolution and avoid later delays.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). provides a one-stop shop for passengers seeking redress.  Secure Flight uses the results of the Redress process in its watch list matching process to help prevent misidentification of passengers as matches to the government watch lists.

For more information on the Redress process, visit

  • Tips for traveling: Be sure to bring the appropriate government-issued identity document (ID) when traveling. Acceptable forms of ID include an unexpired passport issued by a foreign government; an unexpired document issued by a U.S. federal, state, or tribal government that includes the individual's full name, date of birth, photograph; or other documents that TSA may designate as valid verifying identity. For a list of acceptable documents click here.
  • Complete the DHS TRIP application process if you believe you were mistakenly identified as a match to the watch lists. By doing so, you can help prevent future misidentification and delays at the airport.
  • Arrive at the airport with ample time to check in before your flight. For most individuals, Secure Flight will expedite the check-in process by reducing misidentifications, but some passengers may need to check in at the ticket counter and provide identification to proceed with check in.
Latest revision: 07 January 2013