A new rule from the Federal Aviation Administration has come into effect, requiring airlines to make it easier for customers to buy tickets online.
The rule was announced Thursday as part of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Modernization and Reform Act.
The regulation is intended to improve the ease of booking flights and make it less likely that a passenger could fall through the cracks.
Airline customers can now buy tickets through a third party platform like StubHub, SeatGeek, or Ticketfly.
The website will only charge fees for tickets purchased through its partner sites.
The TSA also said it is taking steps to crack down on online fraud.
Customers who have purchased a ticket on a third-party website are still required to present identification and proof of identification at the airport.
Ticket resellers and travel agencies will be required to obtain a business license.
The regulations are part of TSA’s efforts to make the aviation security system safer and more efficient.
The FAA’s website states, “This regulation will help ensure that all airline passengers, including those traveling on the commercial airline industry, have the option of purchasing and using airline tickets, with the potential for multiple ways to buy and use tickets, including online, through third party platforms and on secondary market platforms.”
The regulations, which go into effect in February, will also improve the way that airlines track passengers on board flights.
TSA said that passengers will no longer have to enter their flight details through a boarding pass, and they will be able to track passengers using the data they collected from passengers.
It will also make it possible for airlines to use passengers’ social media accounts to track their movements on flights.
The FAA’s rule will also help protect travelers from being victimized by fraud.
“This new requirement is aimed at protecting the aviation safety of the aviation community and the airlines who operate those services,” said TSA Administrator Michael Huerta in a statement.
“TSA’s new rule will reduce the chances that airline passengers who may be victimized by fraudulent conduct, such as forgery or counterfeiting, will be unable to pay their ticket costs.”
The rule, which took effect on Friday, comes on the heels of a similar proposal from the TSA in December that also went into effect on January 1.
It requires airlines to charge fees when passengers use the third party sites for the purchase of tickets.
It also requires airlines with more than 10,000 flights annually to obtain business licenses and require airlines to post a notice on their websites stating that the third-parties website is not allowed to be used for any purpose other than to purchase tickets.