New Security Check Could Delay Air Travelers

Government requires passengers to provide full name as it appears on ID, other info to airlines

By Scott Gordon
|  Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010  |  Updated 11:20 PM CDT
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The TSA will begin to enforce tougher rules just in time for holiday travel.

Scott Gordon, NBCDFW.com

The TSA will begin to enforce tougher rules just in time for holiday travel.

Just in time for holiday travel, another layer of airport security could prevent some travelers from making their flights.

At airports across the country -- including  Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field -- the Transportation Security Administration will start enforcing a tougher rule on passenger identification starting Nov. 1.

It requires travelers to give their full name as it appears on a government-issued ID, gender and date of birth when they buy their ticket.

The program, called "Secure Flight," was first implemented in August 2009. The government has given airlines more than a year to comply.

The names will be checked with a federal database of terrorism suspects.

The TSA says the added information will prevent many passengers from being misidentified as a potential terrorist.

"Worst case scenario, if the person doesn't have this information, they'll be redirected back to the ticket counter to provide the information so they can get the boarding pass," TSA spokesman Luis Casanova said.

Most airlines already require the new information online or in person before issuing a boarding pass.

But the TSA fears some passengers will somehow fall through the cracks or make a mistake entering the correct information, which could lead to delays.

For example, Casanova said some women use their married names to book their tickets, but their maiden names are still on their IDs. The new policy requires names to match exactly.

"We don't want people late," Casanova said. "We don't want people to miss their flights. That's not what this is about."

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