The check against the list is not done in real-time. That's why they are asking for the DoB when you buy the ticket -- so they will have time to do so. Currently, if you buy a ticket at the last minute, you are likely to get flagged for additional screening because there was no time to check your name against the list (it's happened to me several times).
Do they have the DOB and sex of the people on the No-Fly list? Then check that against my Drivers license when I go thru security.
Yes, they do -- at least for most of them. Checking your DoB avoids the obvious screw-ups like flagging a 5-year-old or an 80-year-old for name matches to someone that is known to be in his 30's. Of course, they'll have to verify that you gave the correct DoB when you purchased the ticket.
“The check against the list is not done in real-time. That’s why they are asking for the DoB when you buy the ticket — so they will have time to do so.”
They can check me not in real time today. They have my name and other info when I buy a ticket now. If my name is suspicious, then when I get to the airport, ask for my driver’s license - which they ALREADY do - and check my gender & DOB on my license against the suspicious person on the No-Fly list.
IF this procedure was going to stop them having to check my ID several times at the airport like they do now, then it might save everyone time. But if they’re STILL going to check everyone’s ID at the airport, what is the point?
Maybe there’s something missing from the article.
Right now, there’s just something kinda ‘smoke & mirrors’ about it. Or like they’re trying to look like they’re doing something new under Obama in order to keep us safe.
Maybe this is going to be like a domestic ESTA, and the article is just not giving that info.