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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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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
hmm...see i think that there's something to be said about requiring TOO much information. i understand the point of this and all that - it's for our own good - but still. i don't know - it's just a pain in the butt to me.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
Meh. I already get patted down at the airports when I fly. I can't go through the metal detectors, so I opt to be patted down.
floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 8 years
I thought this was already required for some reason, at least when I book through Orbitz I think they ask for this info.
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