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Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) for flights to the USA

 19 Jul 2010

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the United States is currently implementing Secure Flight. This is an enhanced security check for passengers wishing to fly to/from/within the United States, which will help aviation security and help make travel easier for passengers.

From 1 November 2010 all airlines are expected to have 100% of passengers complying with Secure Flight.

When travelling to/from the United States, passengers will now be required to provide the following minimum Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) when making a reservation:

  • Name as it appears on passport
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Redress Number if applicable, which is part of DHS Travel Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP)

SFPD data may be collected at the time of making a ticketed booking (preferred option), or at any time up to 72 hours prior to departure. Bookings that are made within 72 hours of departure must include minimum SFPD.

How will it effect you?

You will not need to do anything differently than you do today, other than it will now be mandatory to provide us with your APIS information at least 72 hours before departure if you have booked with us to travel to the United States. 

To make sure we have the most up-to-date information for your travellers, please contact us and we will send you a Personal Travel Profile form. This will enable us to automatically submit accurate APIS data for your travellers.

Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) does not replace the requirement for APIS data, it is an additional requirement. APIS continues to be a requirement and covers the SFPD needs as long as it is completed more than 72 hours before departure.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What passengers data must passengers provide to travel agents to comply with the new SFPD requirement from the US Transport Security Administration?
    The minimum data is Full Name - Gender - Date of Birth
  2. When must SFPD be supplied in the booking?
    SFPD must be in place by 72 hours before departure; however it is recommended to collect SFPD at the time of booking/ticketing.
  3. What will be the consequences if SFPD are not displayed in the booking at least 72 hours prior to departure?
    The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may require from the airline that passenger is refused for the flight.
  4. Can a customer still make a booking within 72 hours?
    Yes, you can still make bookings within this time, the Secure Flight Data will have to be captured at point of sale and it will be sent immediately for security checks.

What is a Redress Number?

A redress number is given to travellers by the US Homeland Security when they have a similar name to another person who is on their security high risk list. This number is used to ensure that passengers are not stopped for questioning everytime they enter or leave the US. If you have a Redress Number, please advise us and we will update your booking accordingly.

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