Travel Leaders Advise Clients on TSA's August 15 Full Implementation of 'Secure Flight'

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Travel Leaders Offer Guidance on Providing TSA Compliant Information

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In order to ramp up our compliance as mandated by law, we began securely collecting this information from our clients in advance of the first phase of Secure Flight, which went into effect May 15. We have been advising our clients that the intent of this TSA mandate is to keep passengers safe and help eliminate unnecessary airport security delays.

In preparation for the Secure Flight Final Rule, which goes into effect on August 15, 2009, Travel Leaders from throughout the United States are counseling clients and collecting the necessary personal information required by the U.S. Government's Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In May, the TSA required airlines and travel agents to provide passengers' full names and itineraries for domestic flights. The second and final phase of Secure Flight will require passengers to provide their full name, date of birth and gender for all domestic and international flights. Secure Flight is a means of prescreening airline passengers against federal government watch lists.

"It's important for air travelers to understand that effective August 15, they are required by the TSA to provide their full names, dates of birth and gender for all domestic and international flights during the reservation process, including through their travel agent," stated Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Franchise Group. "In order to ramp up our compliance as mandated by law, we began securely collecting this information from our clients in advance of the first phase of Secure Flight, which went into effect May 15. We have been advising our clients that the intent of this TSA mandate is to keep passengers safe and help eliminate unnecessary airport security delays."

According to the TSA, Secure Flight matches the name, date of birth and gender information for each passenger against government watch lists to:

  •     Identify known and suspected terrorists
  •     Prevent individuals on the No Fly List from boarding an aircraft
  •     Identify individuals on the Selectee List for enhanced screening
  •     Facilitate passenger air travel
  •     Protect individuals' privacy

"In addition to carefully explaining TSA's new rules to our clients and collecting the necessary data, we are also making them fully aware that the information they have provided - the full name on their reservation needs to appear exactly as it does on the particular form of identification they plan on using while traveling," added Block. "In many instances, a client's name may or may not include a middle initial or middle name on their driver's license but typically will on their passport. This detail is particularly important with regard to Secure Flight."

Travelers need not change all forms of government identification so their name is identical on each. They only need to make sure the ID they use while traveling has their name spelled exactly as it was provided at the time of their airline booking.

For more information about Secure Flight or to find the Travel Leaders location nearest you, go to http://www.travelleaders.com or call 1.888.206.TRIP (8747). When your journey includes us, you travel better.

Travel Leaders is transforming travel with a new name that boldly embodies our commitment to our vacation and business travel clients via a progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. Although the Travel Leaders name may be new, our top ten-ranked travel company has already assisted millions of travelers through our strong roots - the former Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates, TraveLeaders and Tzell Travel Group have now joined together to form one of the industry's fastest-growing and robust networks of travel agents. Travel Leaders Franchise Group can trace its beginnings to 1984 as the Carlson franchise system "Ask Mr. Foster Travel," which itself was North America's first travel agency chain established in 1888.

Contact:
Steve Loucks
952.914.6969

Kathy Gerhardt
952.914.6972

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