As of July 27, 2010, Copa Airlines will request the following information when you make a reservation or buy tickets:
Full name (as it appears on passenger's government-issued ID)
Date of birth
Redress Number (if available)*
This action is a result of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announcement of implementation of the "Secure Flight" program for any passengers traveling to/from the United States and Puerto Rico. This program was developed to create uniform watch-list matching and to enhance commercial aviation security. It applies to all airlines and to all classes of tickets, including Reward tickets.
* Number issued by the TSA to avoid identification errors. Those passengers who believe they have been mistakenly matched to a name on the watch list may apply to obtain a Redress Number at www.dhs.gov/trip that will prevent future misidentifications with similar names on watch lists.
To learn more about Secure Flight, visit http://www.tsa.gov/
Secure Flight compares the name, date of birth and gender of each passenger against a government watch list to:
Protect passenger privacy
Facilitate passenger air travel
Identify known and suspected terrorists
Prevent individuals who appear on the No Fly List from boarding an airplane
Identify individuals who appear on a Selectee List, thus keeping air travel safer
Yes. Secure Flight is being implemented in phases and all airlines must incorporate any necessary changes to their systems to be able to request this information from their passengers.
Yes. By providing this information, passengers benefit because they avoid being misidentified with people on the U.S. government's watch list.
Yes, the program also applies to minors, except for children who are traveling with an adult.
Most passengers will not experience any differences from the way they traveled before.
The Redress Number is a code issued by the TSA that is assigned to certain passengers whose names have appeared on the watch list in error. Those passengers who have been mistakenly matched may apply to obtain a Redress Number at www.dhs.gov/trip that will prevent future misidentifications with similar names on watch lists. This number is not obligatory in order to make a reservation on copaair.com