All Airline Passengers Now Screened
Against Government Watchlists
December 22, 2010 - Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday announced
that 100 percent of passengers on flights within or
bound for the United States are now being checked
against government watchlists fulfilling a key 9/11
Commission recommendation a month ahead of schedule.
Under Secure Flight, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) prescreens passenger name, date of birth and gender against terrorist watchlists before passengers receive their boarding passes.
In addition to facilitating secure travel for all passengers, the program helps prevent the misidentification of passengers who have names similar to individuals on government watchlists. Prior to Secure Flight, airlines held responsibility for checking passengers against watchlists.
every one of the security measures we implement serves an
important goal: providing safe and efficient air travel for the
millions of people who rely on our aviation system every day,?
said Secretary Napolitano. ?Secure Flight makes air travel safer
for everyone by screening every passenger against the latest
intelligence before a boarding pass is issued.?
threats we face in the aviation sector are real and evolving,
and we must confront them with strong and dynamic security
measures,? said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. ?Secure
Flight bolsters our efforts to be more intelligence-driven and
risk-based in our approach to aviation security. Our industry
partners? strong commitment to security was critical to reaching
the full implementation of this vital counterterrorism program
ahead of schedule.?
pleased that DHS and TSA, with the cooperation of ATA and its
member airlines, were able to reach this important security
milestone ahead of schedule,? said Air Transport Association
President and CEO James C. May. ?We look forward to working with
them and their security counterparts around the world to
continue to improve security while streamlining passenger
processing ? a win-win for everyone.?
are required to provide their full name as it appears on the
government ID they plan to use when traveling, date of birth,
gender and, if applicable, Redress Number when booking their
airline reservations. TSA adheres to strict protocols to protect
individual privacy when conducting security checks.
Flight, 99 percent of passengers are cleared to print boarding passes at
home or at a self-serve kiosk. Individuals found to match watchlist
parameters will be subject to secondary screening, a law enforcement
interview or prohibition from boarding an aircraft, depending on the
TSA deploys a
risk-based, layered security approach that utilizes a range of measures,
both seen and unseen, including advanced technology, law enforcement,
intelligence, terrorist watchlist checks and international
Since the attempted terrorist attack on December 25, 2009, Secretary Napolitano, in conjunction with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), has been leading a global initiative to strengthen the international aviation system against the evolving threats posed by terrorists, working in multilateral and bilateral contexts with governments as well as industry.
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