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TSA requires more passenger information

Mary Madden Mary Madden
Scott Weeks Scott Weeks

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Peter and Mary Madden have logged a lot of miles on their honeymoon.

"We traveled from Portland, Maine, to Chicago and Chicago to Honolulu," Peter Madden said.

The newlyweds didn't know it but when they booked their trip their names were matched against a database kept by the Transportation Security Administration.

The pre-screening system is called Secure Flight.

"When a passenger provides us their name, their date of birth and their gender, we're able then to match that name against a watch list to make sure that it's not one of the people that we want to keep off of an airplane," TSA Regional spokesperson Nico Melendez said.

The system screens every name on every flight.

Federal and local law enforcement agencies update the watch list that TSA uses.

"As long as it keeps me safe, I'm happy with it," Mary Madden said.

November 1 was the deadline for airlines to clear reservations made before the new system kicked in and for all airlines to comply with the new rules.

Travelers must list their gender and date of birth when booking airline tickets at the counter, on-line and through a travel agent.

Kauai resident Scott Weeks thinks it's too much information.

"You have to give out personal information and that's always a little worrisome," he said.

"We were able to pare it down to ask for as little information as possible," Melendez said.

Secure Flight requires airlines to provide TSA with a passenger manifest 72 hours in advance of takeoff.

But Melendez said passengers can still book seats on the day of a flight because TSA can check the list quickly.

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