April 28, 2008
Airlines May Now Allow Kiosk/At Home Check-in for Almost Everyone
One of the biggest complaints TSA receives comes from the thousands of people inconvenienced on a daily basis because they have a name similar to someone on a watch list. These passengers always have to go to the ticket counter and can never print their boarding pass from a home computer or airline kiosk. Until TSA's Secure Flight program comes into effect in early 2009, the airlines have the responsibility of matching names on flight manifests to watch lists. To eliminate the false positives and reduce the inconvenience to passengers, the Department of Homeland Security is now providing airlines with more flexibility to enable passengers to check in remotely.
Effective April 28, every airline will be able to create a system to verify and securely store passengers' dates of birth to clear up watch list misidentifications. Once the airlines create their systems, passengers have the option to provide their date of birth first at the airline ticket counter, and then have it stored in a secure system so they can check-in online or at remote kiosks for future flights.
Also on April 28, DHS and TSA provided greater clarity on the types of identification that will be accepted at checkpoints in the United States.
Beginning on May 26, 2008, adult passengers (over the age of 18) will be required to show a U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID that contains the following: name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature. These IDs include:
U.S. passport card
DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
U.S. Military ID
Permanent Resident Card
Border Crossing Card
DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
State-issued driver's license (from a state that received REAL ID extension)
A Native American Tribal Photo ID
An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan
A Registered Traveler Card (that contains the following: Name; Date of Birth; Gender; Expiration date; and a Tamper-resistant feature)
A foreign government-issued passport
Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
Click here to view samples of acceptable documents (PDF, 138 KB).
Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government or individual states such as Permanent Resident Cards or state-issued driver's licenses. Those who do not should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.
This standardization of the list of accepted documents better aligns TSA with other DHS components, including Customs and Border Protection, and REAL ID benchmarks.
Between April 28 and May 26, passengers who present a photo ID that does not include a name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature will be reminded of the upcoming changes at the checkpoint. After May 26, passengers who do not present an acceptable ID may be subject to additional screening