Remember this piece of news the next time you plan your travel to the United States (via delta.com)
” To enhance the security of commercial air travel, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed Secure Flight, a program that compares airline passenger information against U.S. government watch lists.
As part of this program, you’ve had the option in the past to provide your full name, gender and date of birth when booking. Now it is a requirement to provide this information as it appears on your non-expired passport or government-issued photo ID for any future travel. Effective November 1, 2010, if you do not accurately provide this information prior to 72 hours before your scheduled departure, your reservation may be cancelled.”
Secure Flight is obviously aimed at screening potential terrorists, and is the latest US government security measure to be enforced, nine years after 9/11. According to the official US Transport Security Administration press release, passengers found to match watchlist parameters will be subjected to secondary screening, a law enforcement interview or prohibition from boarding an aircraft, depending on the specific case.
In the Philippines, the Philippine Airlines started the process as early as October 15, 2010 for its passengers who booked their flights either by phone through PAL reservations, the PAL website, any PAL ticket office or accredited travel agent. If you travel to the US and you think you’ve been unfairly delayed or prohibited from boarding your flight due to Secure Flight procedures, you may submit your complaints to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Traveller Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). Visit their official website or email/contact firstname.lastname@example.org