Airlines, travelers prepare for more stringent ID rules | | The Detroit News

The Transportation Security Administration wants to know more about who’s boarding commercial flights in the United States.

Beginning Saturday, the federal agency will begin collecting additional data from airline passengers at booking time, including full name, date of birth and gender.

That data must match whatever is on the form of government-issued identification — driver’s licenses and passports are the most common — that a passenger uses to check in and board the flight.

The new requirement will affect all airline bookings made beginning Saturday and is just the first phase of a larger program called Secure Flight.