Booking a Flight? Get Ready to State Sex and Age

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2009 7:31 AM CDT
A United gate agent checks passengers in by hand at the United Airlines terminal at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.    (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, file)
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(Newser) – Air passengers booking flights in the US can expect some extra questions starting this weekend, the Washington Post reports. Travelers will be asked for their sex and birth date, which will be forwarded along with other information to federal officials checking watch lists. The move comes as the Transportation Security Administration takes over control of checking the lists from the airlines.

The TSA aims to be vetting 100% of domestic air passengers within six months and passengers on flights to or from the US by the end of next year. Passengers who do not provide the information will be subjected to secondary security checks, airline officials say, instead of prevented from flying, although they may be denied boarding passes after the transition period is complete.