Secure Flight Law and Legal Definition

Secure Flight is an airline passenger pre-screening program. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in charge of the program. The Secure Flight is TSA’s behind-the-scenes watch list matching program.

Secure Flight will match passenger information against blacklists maintained by the federal government. It completes a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission by assuming responsibility of watch list matching from individual airlines. The Secure Flight enhances aviation security and more effectively facilitates air travel for passengers.

Secure Flight requires airlines to collect details such as: a passenger’s full name as it appears on government-issued ID, date of birth, gender and Redress Number. By providing complete information, passengers can significantly decrease the likelihood of watch list misidentification. Secure Flight watch list matching takes only a few seconds to complete, and providing this data enables passengers to print their boarding passes at home or at an airline kiosk.

According to the information on the TSA website, after November 1, 2010, Secure Flight will not conduct watch list matching or approve the issuance of a boarding pass by an airline if complete passenger data is not submitted.