As a result of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mandate, beginning November 1, all passengers will be required to have Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) in their reservation at least 72 hours prior to departure. This is the next phase in a program that was initiated by the TSA in 2009.
It’s oddly worded, but seems to say that you have to buy your ticket three days in advance.
It’s not just AA with the odd wording, it’s in news reporting too:
By November 1st, if you don’t provide this information with your reservation within 72 horus of your flight, you won’t be allowed on the plane.
It hasn’t happened often, but I HAVE in the past bought a ticket for “tomorrow” or even “today”. This new travel feature seems to make that impossible.
Is this just awkward language, or do we really have a three day minimum to fly now?
If this is true then we’re crossing a line. It certainly fails Joe’s Jews in the attic test.