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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Air travel updates

If you have not traveled by air recently there are some new changes that you should be aware of. You are now required to provide new personal information required when you book a flight. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has introduced Secure Flight, a federally mandated program designed to help enhance the security of domestic and international commercial air travel through the use of improved watch list matching.
According to this program here is what you’ll need to provide:

• Full name, exactly as it appears on the current (non-expired) government-issued photo ID that your passenger(s) will be traveling with

• Date of birth

• Gender

I also suggest that you provide plenty of telephone & electronic contacts. This boils down to your home, business, cell and destination phone. Also give them the email addresses that you frequently check. Schedules and delays do occur so give your airline partners as many options to contact you as possible.

Happy travels!