Ever book an airline ticket and wonder what you should put into the optional “Redress #” field? I did and that’s when I learned that it’s related to the Department of Homeland Security’s Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). I have a fairly common name and I’ve been fortunate enough not to share it with someone on the TSA’s no-fly or watch list.
If I did, I’d probably take advantage of the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program to apply for a redress number.
The definition of the term “redress” is to “remedy or set right” and in this case it remedies or sets right you and your name apart from the person who shares your name who may be on a TSA no-fly or watch list.
If your name appears on a TSA list, you probably experience additional scrutiny and screening in security lines at airports, customs at the borders, and other points of entry and exit. If you aren’t a security risk, it’s really a pain to be “selected” each time for additional security screening and, honestly, a waste of their time. IF this happens to you, you may want to apply for redress here.