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How To Get On A Plane Without ID (its Lost)  
User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3100 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 38523 times:

A friend of mine lost her wallet, with her drivers license in it obviously, and shes got a flight tomorrow on Southwest from DEN to MDW. How does one go about getting on a plane without an ID. I am guessing this is a frequent occurance. The Southwest agent (at 1800IFLYSWA) told her that a faxed copy of a birth certificate should work. Is this true or is she going to have some problems at the TSA tomorrow? The ID is from Illinois by the way, so she cannot get one re-issued in Colorado. Any thoughts? Thanks guys.

'902


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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 38513 times:

Chances are she won't make it pass TSA without some form of acceptable pictured ID. A driver license or a valid passport are required. Also, a ID issued by the DMV for those who do not drive is acceptable too. She may not make her flight in time tomorrow, but she'll make home eventually. Good luck & regards.


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User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 38461 times:

Not good. I doubt TSA will let her through w/out an ID. You might wanna call WN again just to speak to a different person coz I know they won't let my girlfriend through when she lost her ID a while ago. She had to drive from LA to Sacramento instead.

User currently offlineLonghaulheavy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 402 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 38430 times:

$50 slipped to the TSA guy under the ticket?

/how to get arrested


User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 38399 times:

I lost my drivers license and I still was able to fly on Continental Airlines last year from IAH to DFW.

I did have other forms of ID available, but more or less, not government issued. I also showed them all of my credit cards, etc......

It is tough, but can be done.


User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 38374 times:

Quoting JayDavis (Reply 4):
I lost my drivers license and I still was able to fly on Continental Airlines last year from IAH to DFW.

I did have other forms of ID available, but more or less, not government issued. I also showed them all of my credit cards, etc......

It is tough, but can be done.

It sounds like she lost her wallet meaning she probably had all her stuff in it.


User currently offlineMcmahonsmr From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 38330 times:

Not this will be of any help, since she probably lost everything, here's the official policy:

Proper Identification

If you have a paper ticket for a domestic flight, passengers age 18 and over must present one form of photo identification issued by a local state or federal government agency (e.g.: passport/drivers license/military ID), or two forms of non-photo identification, one of which must have been issued by a state or federal agency (e.g.: U.S. social security card). For an international flight, you will need to present a valid passport, visa, or any other required documentation. Passengers without proper ID may be denied boarding.

For e-tickets, you will need to show your photo identification and e-ticket receipt to receive your boarding pass.

There are four ways to obtain a boarding pass:

Go to your airline's ticket counter at the airport
Use curbside check-in
Use your airline's self-service ticket kiosk in the airport lobby
Print the boarding pass from your airline's website

Note: Persons with parental, official, medical business or similar reasons may be able to access the checkpoint, but should check with their airline for required documentation.


User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3960 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 38316 times:

It's possible without picture ID, but if you lose your whole wallet, I think you're in trouble. My girlfriend did however say it was quite the runaround, she had to show them basically everything she had to get them to allow her past security.

User currently offlineGEnxPower From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 38279 times:

What's up with aviation girlfriends and losing wallets anyway?  tongue 

User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5341 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 38245 times:

A photo ID is not required.

This is not uncommon and the TSA will get you through with whatever you have, but probably need at least some form of ID. She'll be SSSS extra searched but no big deal.

There is probably some other ID or credit card you can overnight to her??


Jimbo



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User currently offlineTismfu From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 38236 times:

A year or so ago I lost my driver's license while out of town and didn't realize it until I was checking in at the airport and pulled out my wallet to show some ID. The agent was very nice about it and suggested I scour my bag and the pants I was wearing the night before. No such luck, it wasn't there, but I had no problem flying. I just got the special SSSS treatment at security where all of my belongings were searched.

My ID showed up months later in the mail thanks to some unidentified kind soul... maybe it fell into a gutter or something? Stupid me...  banghead 


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 38220 times:

ALWAYS make a color copy of your photo ID and carry it separately from everything else. I have been fortunate to never have lost my ID; however, one cannot predict the future.

I keep it stashed in a hidden compartment of my suitcase. If I lose my wallet, I've got that. If my luggage gets lost, I hopefully still have my wallet. If I've lost both, well, I'm screwed.



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User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 38155 times:

I keep one passport in my wallet and one in my carryon. I hope never to lose both.

User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 38075 times:

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 12):
I keep one passport in my wallet and one in my carryon. I hope never to lose both.

WHAT? How did you obtain 2 passports? How do you fit a passport in a wallet?  confused 


User currently offlineYYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 38053 times:

Quoting JayDavis (Reply 4):
lost my drivers license and I still was able to fly on Continental Airlines last year from IAH to DFW.

I did have other forms of ID available, but more or less, not government issued. I also showed them all of my credit cards, etc......

It is tough, but can be done.



Quoting HPRamper (Reply 7):
It's possible without picture ID, but if you lose your whole wallet, I think you're in trouble. My girlfriend did however say it was quite the runaround, she had to show them basically everything she had to get them to allow her past security

It is possible - did it here in Canada once when I left my wallet in my office... My technique, in a nutshell? I begged.

The lead agent not only checked me in on the basis of a telephone bill in my name (which happened to be in the car), but she put a note on file that I did not have my i.d. so I was not even ASKED for i.d. checking in for my return flight.

Here is a question: does the TSA check i.d. at the security point in the US? Here airlines check i.d. before issuing a boarding pass and before permitting you on board, but you only show the boarding pass at security.


User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 37965 times:

Well now due to 9/11, you are required to show your ID to someone, not necessarily a TSA employee, as you enter the line for TSA screening.

What is rather ironic about this is, many times, the person you are showing your ID to is of Middle Eastern descent........and I'm sorry, but with all the
racial profiling going on these days, I just find that sort of funny, in a sick sort of way.............

Then you just go through the screening process and you don't show your ID again............


User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1721 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 37924 times:

I always have digital copies of my passport and other I.D. stored with people I can contact anytime and also keep the .pdf files on my memory stick that usually lives in my briefcase. Not quite like having the real thing, but I've been told that in a pinch it is much better than nothing, especially if you are standing at the USA embassy begging to get a passport replaced.

Tod


User currently offlineSuperhub From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 37900 times:

Quoting Mcmahonsmr (Reply 6):
passengers age 18 and over must present one form of photo identification issued by a local state or federal government agency (e.g.: passport/drivers license/military ID), or two forms of non-photo identification, one of which must have been issued by a state or federal agency (e.g.: U.S. social security card).

TWA902fly, is your friend under 18? If not, can she pretend to be one?

How does it work for under 18s? Do they just say they are under 18 ...or do they have to proof their birthday?


User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 37868 times:

Ala passport? If you don't have one you can always go to the nearest government office and apply for one. I've always had one as my family travels but I want to say that after you apply you will recieve a recpt for your applacation with a black and white of your photo along with all of your proper ID information.

Best.

Matt



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User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 37809 times:

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 13):
How did you obtain 2 passports?

Lots of people have 2 or more passports.

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 13):
How do you fit a passport in a wallet?

Tumi makes a nice wallet specifically for fitting a passport.


User currently offlineVisityyj From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 37809 times:

Just google for the result of the recent 9th Circuit Court decision in the Gilmore lawsuit:
The one ray of light from the court was its confirmation that the secret law "requires that airline passengers either present identification or be subjected to a more extensive search". This would be a surprise to anyone who reads a TSA checkpoint sign or TSA's own website, all of which claim that ID is "required". It is now clear that air passengers are NOT required to present identification; instead, they can opt to be searched, as a "selectee"..

Print it out, and leave enough time to be "extensively searched". You can also expect ignorance and an attitude from everyone about it. It might be best to call for WN's Ground Security Coordinator (GSC) from the outset.

The TSA screeners need to see your boarding pass, they do NOT need to see your ID (despite what they say/think).


User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 37777 times:

I had my wallet stolen at EWR last year, and was told that I would not be allowed through security without some form of ID.

I had to go home and because of the rules of the auction site I bought the ticket from, I couldn't even change the ticket to an alternate date. What sucks is that I got my wallet back 4 hours after the flight left, with everything in it except $100 in cash.

A**holes!


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 37764 times:

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 13):
WHAT? How did you obtain 2 passports? How do you fit a passport in a wallet?

You fold it in half and cram it in.

[Edited 2006-03-16 22:42:43]

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 37764 times:

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 13):
WHAT? How did you obtain 2 passports? How do you fit a passport in a wallet?

I have a Polish one and a USA one...its called dual citizenship  Silly


User currently offlineGoodmanr From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 37720 times:

Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 1):
Chances are she won't make it pass TSA without some form of acceptable pictured ID. A driver license or a valid passport are required. Also, a ID issued by the DMV for those who do not drive is acceptable too. She may not make her flight in time tomorrow, but she'll make home eventually. Good luck & regards.

Not true, I lost my wallet in LA while on a big round of travel, I had no other ID, not even business cards. I flew LAX-IAD, IAD-MSP and MSP-LGA all without any id. I was subjected to additional screening, but really had no problem.



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25 LTBEWR : Did she file a Police report on her stolen wallet? Perhaps if she did file one, the police there could verify her ID by checking the driver's license
26 Isitsafenow : Agreed. It happened to me. TSA, other than D. L. or passport, did let me on. I had lots of other I D including photo. The super was called over and a
27 Skibum9 : At CVG, TSA would not let me pass because my driver's license had expired a week prior. I even presented my pilots license, which is government issued
28 Post contains images YWG : I keep a copy of my passport, Drivers License, Mil. ID and birth certificate on my Ipod, just in case
29 IAirAllie : ID is not actually required by the TSA if you are willing to submit yourself to extensive secondary screening. It may be required by the airline to is
30 SkyHarborsHome : Wow, I never thought of doing that. I am sure they would still want to process you as SSSS but at least they would have a little less of that "sure y
31 Post contains images MissedApproach : Hiding in the gear well is popular in some parts of the world. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Come to think of it, there hasn't been a thread about that i
32 B6flyboy : In FLL we allow customers to travel without proper ID, however when this is the case they are automatically made a selectee to be processed through th
33 Jimbobjoe : I've got an acquintance who says she never flies without ID. She tells the airline in advance and they just put it in the computer. Curiously sometim
34 MoodyBlues : Last year I was flying FLL-SAN on WN. We had already printed out boarding passes off southwest.com. Got to the airport, and pulled out my wallet, no D
35 USAir734 : happened to a friend of mine and they let her through, she just had to undergo extra screening
36 Post contains images Airforum : Yeah, a trick that never fails That's what I mean
37 TWA902fly : well guys thanks for your help ill forward this info to her, flight is at 8pm tonight (WN DEN-MDW). Seriously, this website is a faster source of info
38 Post contains images Starlionblue : Even my 5 months old daughter has two passports . One Swedish and one US.
39 Byronsterk : I didn't know that when flying domestic in the US you need id... When I fly domestic within the Netherlands or Ireland or what so ever, i don't need a
40 474218 : Why not go to the Department of Motor Vehicals (DMV) tell them you lost your licience and they will issue a replacement for a nominal fee. My daughter
41 DeltaGator : Your ID gets checked at the security checkpoint always here in the States. If you get your boarding pass from an agent they check your ID which I wou
42 Bongo : Maybe she can use the passport as an ID !
43 Post contains images Starlionblue : After 9/11, everything changed... I don't know if the requirement existed before then. If so, it was mostly to check that you were the one on the tic
44 TWA902fly : Her license is an Illinois one. She in Colorado... '902
45 474218 : At least, I always take a lunch. Sorry, missed that part.
46 Post contains images Visityyj : No, it's because it is being run by very large idiots . ID has nothing (that's NOTHING) to do with security, but the vast majority of the American pu
47 TLG : Last summer my wife accidently checked in her driver's license when we were flying home from PIT. She had to get a boarding pass that was marked SSSS
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