Be prepared to give your date of birth and gender when making your next air travel arrangements.
The Transportation Security Administration made the change under its Secure Flight requirement as a way to help streamline the matching of names against a terrorist watch list and avoid misidentifications. That will especially help the travelers who’ve been misidentified in the past.
The airlines will be phasing in the changes over the next few months.
If the airline didn’t request the information when you reserved a flight, don’t worry. The TSA said it shouldn’t impact your travel.