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Airlines Will Require Your Birthdate When Booking Tickets

Airlines Will Require Your Birthdate When Booking Tickets


The TSA is making travel even more personal. While the whole-body imaging machines that virtually strips passengers are about as intimate as the airport gets, you'll soon be required to provide more details when booking your ticket for air travel.

The new Secure Travel program will be rolled out over the next 18 months, and beginning later this Summer passengers will be asked to supply a date-of-birth and gender when making a plane reservation. The goal is to reduce the misidentification of passengers with names that match monikers on government watch lists. The additional information will cut the frequency of pointless pat-downs, because TSA officials will run suspect names before the passengers even arrive at security.

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