Many Red Notice subjects are concerned about whether they may face issues when traveling, even after their Red Notices have been removed from INTERPOL databases. In some instances, although they are permitted to enter a country after a Red Notice has been removed, subjects have encountered issues at airports and either face delays or are denied permission to travel. For such people traveling to (or back to) the United States, a Redress Control Number may be appropriate.

What is Redress Control Number?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides a secure flight screening program through the Department of Homeland Security’s Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP). This program was created to assist and simplify the watch-list matching process to prevent further misidentification of
travelers. People who continually face delays and questioning upon their entry to the United States due to an old criminal case or Red Notice can apply to this program for relief.

Why is a Redress Control Number useful?

If an individual’s redress number application is approved, TSA assigns a seven-digit number which will ease the screening process for travelers who may have been added to a security watch-list or incorrectly marked as high-risk. This number can be added to travel reservations during booking, on a traveler’s frequent flyer profile, or added by an airport agent at check-in.

In the next post, we will address how to know whether and when to apply for a Redress Control Number.

As always, thoughts and comments are welcomed.