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Important Updates on US Secure Flight Programme

Overflight requirements (Secure Flight Data required on flights between Hong Kong and Toronto)

Further to the US Secure Flight Programme implemented by TSA (Transportation Security Administration of The US Department of Homeland Security), the requirements of Secure Flight Passenger Data will be applicable to flights overflying US territory from July 2012.

Overflights refers to flights that depart outside the US and transit the continental US en route to location outside the US. In this connection, Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and Toronto are listed in the Overflight Table provided by TSA. To comply with this rule, the current requirements of Secure Flight Programme apply to booking of flights between Hong Kong and Toronto, ie. CX828,CX826, CX829,CX825.

Please see below for a quick reference.

  1. Information required for Secure Flight Programme

    Each passenger is required to provide the following Secure Flight Data when booking a flight into, out of, and over the US (US Overflights to/from Hong Kong/Toronto):

    Passenger’s Full Name (as shown on state or government issued identification documents such as a State ID Card, Driver’s Licence or Passport).

    • Date of Birth
    • Gender
    • Redress* Number (if available)
    • * Those who encounter misidentification are invited to apply for Redress number at www.dhs.gov/trip to help prevent watch list matching misidentifications in the future. Under the Secure Flight program, individuals will use the Redress Number in future correspondence with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and when making future travel reservations.

    To provide Secure Flight information, please contact your local Cathay Pacific reservations office or travel agent.

    You may also provide the Secure Flight data by updating your Travel Document through Manage Booking.

  2. Compliance Date for “Overflights”

    Aircraft operators are requested to collect and be capable of transmitting the Secure Flight Data to TSA. Cathay Pacific has been in compliance with the rule for flights into and out of the US since 2009.  The compliance date for Cathay Pacific Airways for the Secure Flight rule extension to Overflights to/from Hong Kong/Toronto is July 2012. 

    Passengers flying between Hong Kong and Toronto are now recommended to provide Secure Flight Data regardless date of travel.

    Passengers who fail to comply with the Secure Flight Rule may result in denial of transport or denial of authority to enter the boarding area

Overflight requirements (Secure Flight Data required on flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver )

Overflight refers flight departs outside U.S and transiting the U.S Continental en route to location outside U.S.  It is informed by TSA (Transportation Security Administration of The U.S. Department of Homeland Security) that, flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver are listed in Overflight Table and Passenger Secure Flight Data is required.

To comply to this mandate, the current requirement of Secure Flight Program applies to booking of flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver,  ie. CX888,CX889, CX838, CX837, regardless of the departure date.

Please refer below for quick reference.

  1. Information required for Secure Flight Program

    Each passenger will be required to provide the following Secure Flight data when booking involved

    in/out US flight and overflights :

    • Passengers Full Name (as shown on state or government issued identification documents such as a State ID Card, Drivers License or Passport).
    • Date of Birth
    • Gender
    • *Redress Number (if available)

    * Those who encounter misidentification are invited to apply for Redress number at www.dhs.gov/trip to help prevent watch list matching misidentifications in the future. Under the Secure Flight program, individuals will use the Redress Number in future correspondence with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and when making future travel reservations.

    To provide Secure Flight information, please contact your local Cathay Pacific reservations office or travel agent.

    You may also provide the Secure Flight data by updating your Travel Document through Manage Booking.

  2. Compliance Date for Aircraft Operator

    The Secure Flight Final Rule and applicable aircraft operator security programs require that aircraft operators request, collect, and be capable of transmitting the following data to TSA as of the date indicated: October 31, 2009 – full Secure Flight Passenger Data for international flights.

    Failure to comply to the Secure Flight Rule, passengers may result in denial of transport or denial of authority to enter the boarding area.