What do you think of new airline ID requirements?

Do you support the new ID requirements to book a flight?

Travelers will now be asked to give their birthdate and gender when booking flights, along with a full name matching their identification, AJC reporter Kelly Yamanouchi writes.

The new requirements are part of a Transportation Security Administration program aimed at improving security and reducing misidentification of people on terrorist watch lists.

Have you ever mistakenly ended up on a terrorist watch list?

What do you think of this new policy?

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August 14th, 2009
2:05 pm

Who cares if someone knows our birthdates? We are far too vain in reference to age and aging. We all get old and eventually die. We cannot bluster up and say that it is personal information that needs not be known to others. Who cares? If it expedites security and helps one establish identity, so be it.


August 14th, 2009
2:10 pm

That’s an awfully slippery slope you’re treading on, luangtom. While I don’t think that there’s an evil government out to get us, my natural instinct is not to trust it. I think this debate is less about embarrassment regarding age, and more about the potential misuse of the data collected. And while the government can access most of that data at a whim, the airlines couldn’t do so as easily. Now they can. While I don’t think it’s the next step, you could probably make the argument that they collect religious denomination, too.


August 14th, 2009
2:12 pm

I’m numb to the TSA’s latest “brilliant” ideas. I will provide this stuff since I have to, but here’s the problem. Until airlines can handle hyphens and other non-letter-characters in people’s names, our names will never match our license. My drivers license, social security card, passport, all this matches! But the MORONS AT DELTA can’t take a hyphen in a name to issue a ticket. So my name runs together as one really long word, instead of two shorter words with a hyphen. THere are lots of cultures where hyphens, apostrophes, and other characters, which are RECOGNIZED AND SUPPORTED by the US GOVT can’t be used on crappy airline software. So due to crap airline technology, I now will have problems at security in the future, since I can’t enter my name precisely correctly. Great. This is why the arilines are in debt – the TSA makes it so miserable to fly, everyone drives if they have any say in the matter!

TSA Personnel = Incompetence Personified

August 14th, 2009
2:18 pm

I think this is an incredibly stupid idea, which is really saying something when you consider the cumulative history of incompetence with the TSA.

Here comes BIG BROTHER, and HE has both stupidity *AND* a hidden agenda!

Oh lovely

August 14th, 2009
2:19 pm

I too have name problems, because mine has a space that gets run together on some ID’s but not others. Idiot programers – if the government pay for smart people we’d get better programs – same with the airlines (pay the worker bees not management!!).
And I too am really concerned about the continuing loss of privacy (thank you for targeting me, security nuts who fire arab linguists because they’re gay and now we don’t know jack about what they’re saying!!), and then back to nitwits at airlines – their systems get hacked and how many identify thefts will there be? Millions?
Lovely, just lovely….


August 14th, 2009
2:25 pm

Just another useless decree by the all powerful TSA to remind the masses, and the legislators paying them, that they’re present. This won’t have any positive or negative impact on enforcement. We’re already sitting through dramatically longer lines to go through the same amount of screening (aside from the shoes, another pleasant and undignified ‘reminder’) for the same reason.


August 14th, 2009
2:35 pm

This is just another step towards the goverment knowing where everyone is all the time. We used to laugh at Russia for their lack of freedom, but we are on the same track. The government will eventually have checkpoints everywhere in the name of security, but can’t do that all at once or too many people will be upset. The goverment already has checkpoints inside the border, not at the border, but just set up as you drive down the interstate. Eventually it will have them between states. If the government takes small steps people might be upset, but will go back to football or whatever keeps their attention. I am not anti government, in fact I think it is necessary, but do dislike the fact we are losing our liberties constantly. I love this country and know with all our faults it is the best place on the planet, by far.


August 14th, 2009
2:37 pm

The TSA is very poorly executed, redundant, and a waste of resources. A waste of time and nuisance to those of us that frequently fly. They’re purely a distraction to give us an illusion of security and safety, and do very little to actual keep us safe and sound. But they’re very good at puffing out their chests and making you think they’re important and powerful. That’s about it.


August 14th, 2009
2:45 pm

The TSA will have a “data breach” within 2-6 months of collecting this information because their systems are not secure or they have been outsourced to some other country with no security plan in place.


August 14th, 2009
2:54 pm

I’m really tired of having “my papers in order” to be able to fly. Who gives a damn if you have an ID. The 9/11 hijackers ALL had false id cards and any new hijackers will too! They will just pay off somebody to get them.


August 14th, 2009
3:01 pm

I will just drive. I am not a terrorist and not a criminal and tired of being treated like one. The airlines will just lose my business. best to take more time and drive to see more of this beautiful country.
Guess I will stop building Delta miles..

Wesley Wallace

August 14th, 2009
3:27 pm

Birth dates are part of the security to access retirement benefits, personal bank accounts, school records, and medical records. I am very concerned that this will heighten identity theft. I think a better solution would be to require people to register with the Transportation Security Administration on line, and get a security code or pin unique to the individual. The individual would use this code instead of their birth date.

Joe Williams

August 14th, 2009
4:08 pm

Domestic travel restrictions, like having to provide your birthdate & gender before you are able to travel, are the hallmark of authoritarian states, not free nations. The KGB used domestic travel restrictions to suppress freedom. The TSA uses them in the name of safety. Is there really a difference?


August 14th, 2009
4:13 pm

1) Just another aspect in the charade of airline security
2) A new field for identity thieves to mine for information
3) Additional tracking information for the government

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin:

~Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither

Sad that more people are concerned with updating their status on Twitter and Facebook than realizing their liberties are being eroded daily. Soon their status will be “Not Free”


August 15th, 2009
7:06 am

More TSA-Government bureaucracy (costing us time and money) while providing no justifying details that this is even a problem or has a benefit. Like others, I have an apostrophe in my name leaving credit cards, frequent flier numbers, drivers licenses and YES airline tickets often incompatible matches. How do we vote No to these things?


August 15th, 2009
7:39 am

mjay nailed it. Delta is incredibly inept in many things, and this is one of them. My middle name begins with an “I” (the letter after h) and I am the third, i.e. III as a suffix, so my name comes out LASTNAMEIIII, FIRSTNAME. Normally, I wouldn’t care, but recently I have been asked to state my name as it appears on Delta’s records. Since in my FF account it is one way, another way on my driver’s license and the abomination above on my ticket, eyebrows get raised…just who are you sir?


August 15th, 2009
8:44 am

lots of angry flyers today because they are fed up with dealing with security hassles, like having their shampoo confiscated because we might be blowin up da plane. whats another inconvenience gonna hurt, right. most jobs minimize flying now so not my problem as of the great recession/depression. maybe one day the airlines will make money but not until they have figured it out again. just waitin on high speed trains myself.
and don’t blame the delta crew, they’re just doing what the gov says……

Shadow 7071

August 15th, 2009
9:18 am

I agree with Maria, I tired of living in this country of “Are My Papers in Order”. Every time I travel (usually weekly) I’m reminded of some World War II flick or some “Cold War” flick where the Gestapo or KGB are stopping folks, intimidating them and checking their papers to make sure there “in order”. What’s next secret agents shadowing us through the airports and indiscriminately stopping us and asking us our business for being in a certain place. What’s next, border crossings and guards at each State line and someone to check that your “papers are in order”?


August 17th, 2009
10:35 pm

Bring profiling back. Until an old man or white lady blows up a plane them profile them too. Middle eastern people blow up planes, check those people good. Ever seen a mexican hijack a plane, not likely. Just need check your wallet around black people.


August 22nd, 2009
12:08 pm

I will gladly provide this information which can be verified by ID. People that object are just like those people that object to having to show ID when they vote. What’s the big deal? What are we hiding from.