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Full names to be required at airports later this month

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -- Changes are coming to security at U.S. airports as part of the implementation of the Secure Flight program.

May 15th, 2009, the Transportation Security Administration says it will begin requiring a passenger's full name when making airline reservations. That information must match exactly what is shown on your driver's license or passport, otherwise, you risk missing your flight. It's something to keep in mind when making reservations over the phone or through a travel agent.

"The implementation of Secure Flight is a critical step towards mitigating threats we know exist in our aviation system," said TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides. "Secure Flight improves security and protects passenger privacy and civil liberties by ensuring the confidentiality of government watch list matching protocols."

The TSA will be additionally requiring date of birth and gender effective August 15, 2009 for their domestic flights. For international flights, full name, date of birth, and gender will be required as of October 31, 2009.

For more information on Secure Flight visit www.tsa.gov.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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