Secure Flight Program
Secure Flight is a program developed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a key 9/11 Commission recommendation: uniform watch list matching by TSA. The mission of the Secure Flight program is to enhance the security of domestic and international commercial air travel through the use of improved watch list matching.
Secure Flight conducts uniform prescreening of passenger information against federal government watch lists for domestic and international flights. TSA is taking over this responsibility from aircraft operators who, up until now, have been responsible for checking passengers against government watch lists. Secure Flight passenger watch list matching will eventually apply to all domestic and international passengers traveling on covered aircraft operator flights into, out of, within or over the United States. Secure Flight will also apply to point-to-point international flights operated by U.S.-based aircraft operators.
The initial implementation phase of Secure Flight which began in early 2009 will result in the complete transfer of responsibility for passenger watch list matching to TSA from aircraft operators whose flights operate within the United States. The second phase of Secure Flight will result in the transfer of responsibility for passenger watch list matching to TSA for flights into, out of, and over the United States to TSA.
Secure Flight Program Overflight Overview and the Overflight Table for Third-Party Providers.
OVERFLIGHTS REQUIREMENT OVERVIEW
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has notified covered foreign air carriers of the requirement to submit Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) for all covered overflights for watch list matching purposes. Currently, TSA conducts passenger watch list matching for more than 200 U.S. and foreign aircraft operators for flights into, out of, and within the United States, including U.S. aircraft operator flights between two international points (e.g., Bangkok to Tokyo) to identify individuals that may pose a threat to aviation or national security.
The Secure Flight Final Rule requires covered foreign air carriers to transmit SFPD – full name (as it appears on the government-issued identity document the passenger plans to use when traveling), date of birth, gender, and, if available, Redress Number and passport information – 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure of covered flights.
The overflights requirement is the final phase of the Secure Flight Final Rule implementation.Click here to download