ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, October 14, 2010 – New security measures implemented by the United States authorities will begin affecting LIAT passengers to and from all US territories effective October 14, 2010.
In August 2009, the United States Government introduced a programme called ‘Secure Flight’. The programme, which is run by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), requires LIAT to collect and transmit Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD).
Secure Flight is designed to enhance the security of air travel by streamlining the DHS watch list matching process.
The next phase of the programme requires that effective October 18, 2010, all LIAT passengers (including infants and children) travelling to and from San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Croix have Secure Flight Passenger Data in their reservation at least 72 hours prior to departure.
No passenger will be able to travel to US territories without providing this information.
In compliance with this mandate, all LIAT passengers (including infants and children) travelling to and from San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Croix will be required to provide Secure Flight Passenger Data - full name, date of birth, gender (and redress number, if applicable):
at the time of booking on or after October 15, 2010, regardless of travel date
for travel from October 18, 2010, or later, regardless of purchase date
LIAT will further advise when passengers making reservations on our web site ( www.liat.com ) will be able to include Secure Flight Passenger Data.
All LIAT customers who plan to visit a US territory on or after October 15, 2010 must now provide Secure Flight Passenger Data before you travel. Passengers who already have confirmed bookings for travel to or from San Juan, St. Thomas or St. Croix are advised to contact our Call Centre for further information:
From Antigua – 1-268-480-5582
Toll free from the rest of the Caribbean – 1-888-844-5428
and from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – 1-866-549-5428
LIAT representatives will also be calling affected passengers to gather the necessary data.
Moving forward, LIAT will revise its booking policy to include these new requirements for passengers travelling to all destinations. Passengers should note, however, that a ‘Redress Number’ does not apply for travel to non-US territories.
LIAT is one of the leading Caribbean airlines. It is owned by regional shareholders, with the major shareholders being the Governments of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More information about LIAT may be found at www.liat.com .
Desmond Brown, Corporate Communications Manager, LIAT (1974) Limited, Head Office, Sealey Building, Sir George Walter Highway, Antigua. Telephone: +268 480 5600, fax: +268 480 5638 and email: email@example.com.