TSA to Assume Watch List Vetting with Secure Flight Program

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 22, 2008

News release: “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the issuance of the Secure Flight Final Rule, which shifts pre-departure watch list matching responsibilities from individual aircraft operators to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and carries out a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. By bringing watch list matching responsibilities in-house, TSA can better remedy possible misidentifications when a traveler’s name is similar to one found on a watch list.”

  • Secure Flight Final Rule (PDF, 195 pages): “This final rule allows TSA to begin implementation of the Secure Flight program, under which TSA will receive passenger and certain non-traveler information, conduct watch list matching against the No Fly and Selectee portions of the Federal government’s consolidated terrorist watch list, and transmit a boarding pass printing result back to aircraft operators. TSA will do so in a consistent and accurate manner while minimizing false matches and protecting personally identifiable information.”
  • Privacy Impact Assessment for the Secure Flight Program, October 21, 2008
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