TSA said it is continuing its partnership with the Ad Council to launch a national public awareness campaign to educate airline passengers about TSA's upcoming Secure Flight program.
Secure Flight is a phased-in partnership program between TSA and airlines 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. TSA is taking over this responsibility from aircraft operators who, up until now, have been responsible for checking passengers against government watch lists.
Over the coming months, airline passengers will be asked to provide their names as they appear on the government ID they plan to use when traveling. Later this summer, airlines also will begin asking passengers to provide their date of birth and gender. TSA said its goal is for Secure Flight to be fully implemented in early 2010 for all domestic flights and by the end of 2010 for all international flights.