On September 15 American Airlines is putting into effect the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) new Secure Flight program for customers who purchase tickets on...

On September 15 American Airlines is putting into effect the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) new Secure Flight program for customers who purchase tickets on or after that date.

Secure Flight is a behind-the-scenes program that streamlines the TSA’s watch-list matching process to enhance the security of U.S. domestic and international commercial air travel.


In accordance with the new TSA policy, American Airlines will now ask its customers to provide additional information as part of the Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) requirements. SFPD is being requested for all customers traveling on American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights whose reservations are purchased on or after September 15,  but not for tickets issued prior to that date.

A Boeing 777-200ER of American Airlines

A Boeing 777-200ER of American Airlines

When customers make a reservation and purchase their tickets on AA.com, American Airlines reservations or through a ticket agent, they will be asked or prompted to provide the following information:

● Full name (first name, middle name and last name, as it appears on the non-expired government-issued photo ID they are traveling with)

● Date of birth

● Gender

● Redress number, if applicable. This is a TSA-assigned number to customers who believe they have been mistakenly matched to a name on the watch list to help prevent misidentification.  For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/trip.

Those who purchase tickets through a travel agency or an online booking agent may be asked to provide the above information to them as well.

For additional information, please visit www.aa.com/secureflight or www.tsa.gov/secureflight.

American is strongly encouraging members of its AAdvantage frequent-flyer program to update their accounts with their SFPD. To update an AAdvantage profile on AA.com, log in and go to “My Account”, then click the “Contact Information and Password” tab at the top of the screen.