ID when flying question

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Heidijs, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Heidijs

    Heidijs DIS Veteran

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    so what happens if you fly to WDW and somehow lose your ID during your trip? What happens when you go to fly home? I always worry about this kind of stuff. DH has two licenses so he always keeps his spare in his luggage but I don't. And what about my 4 year old? What will they ask for her ID wise at the airport? We fly northwest. Do I need anything? I do have a little kid ID card and one that I wrote on that she got for her class picture...they spelled her name wrong on her ID card so would that be an issue?
     
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  3. bradisgoofy

    bradisgoofy Retiring Oct 2015, moving to FL and becoming a CM

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    I think you are in trouble if you lose your ID, the TSA is kind of anal about that stuff.
    Quote from the TSA site -

    "We encourage each adult traveler to keep his/her airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID available until exiting the security checkpoint (children are not required to show identification).

    If you do not have identification (if it is lost, stolen, etc.), you will be required to provide the document checking officer with some information to help verify your identity. This will slow down your screening process and will result in additional screening."

    TSA adult ID
     
  4. NotUrsula

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    Point one: quit worrying about your 4yo. As long as this is a domestic flight, a ticketed child does NOT need ID for TSA. They will ask her what her name is when you approach security, but that's it.

    Point two: your DH should NEVER be putting legal ID in checked baggage. That's a really good way of asking to become an identity theft victim.

    Point three: if you do not have ID, TSA will still let you fly, but you'll have to go through a secondary security search. This includes a patdown and a careful scrutiny of everything in your bags, both carryon and checked. If it does happen, it will save you grief if you don't check or carry on any bags in your own name -- let them go as belonging to other members of the party who have ID.

    The above only applies to domestic travel. If you are overseas and lose your passport, you will not be allowed to re-enter the US without one. The thing to do in that situation is to go immediately to the US consulate wherever you are visiting, and have someone from home fax a copy of your passport photo page to the consulate so that they can replace your passport. I have a copy of my passport page kept in my HR file at work; someone is always there to be able to send it to me on a weekday. I only need to resort to that if I also lose the extra photocopy of it that I keep in my money belt, or the USB drive that I keep on my keychain, which also contains a PDF scan of the photo page.
     
  5. sersee05

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    Well this is exactly what happened to me. I guess somehow I packed my wallet in my luggage. It was a complete accident and we are not even sure how I did it. I must have laid it on top when I was cleaning out my purse.

    Anyhow, I didn't know until they asked to see id after checking the bags..I couldn't find my wallet and had no idea what happened to it. We were HOPING I packed it...The SW agent didn't check my id..she checked my husbands..I called the hotel and had them look for my wallet. I was so panicked!

    I had to go to the screening and tell a TSA agent. He took my boarding pass and held me over to the side. My whole family stayed with me<dh and three kids>. The Supervisor came over and I told him what happened. He kept asking me if I had anything with a signature..So if that helps you...maybe you could put an old bill or something with a signature in your pocket..just in case because it does happen.

    Anyhow I told him I had my rapid rewards card<I had printed from the internet> and two prescription bottles with my names on it. He told me to show him everything I had. I had a magazine that had my name and address on it..but didn't think to show him that. HE told me he hoped I found my wallet and what a pain that is and sent me on my way. I didn't have a pat down or anything. It took all of 10 minutes. Luckily I had a few things with my name on it...
     
  6. Green Tea

    Green Tea <font color=green>I don't do hatchets<br><font col

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    The ID for kids is not required, and at 4 I wouldn't worry too much. But for my children, I always had them fly with their passports for ID, and then a state issued ID card after I figured out I could get them. When they were small the agents didn't really look. A little older and the IDs were really checked, even though they have never, and are still not actually required to have them.
     
  7. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

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    I carry my ID in my purse and my passport in my checked luggage and leave it in my resort. That way if my purse is lost or stolen in the parks or airport, etc. - I still have my passport to get home.
     
  8. GEM

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    I posted on your other thread....but my six year old has flown over 25 times and has NEVER been asked for any ID.

    In addition, I travel two to three times a year with big groups of junior high and high school kids for theatre trips. None of them has EVER been asked for an ID.

    The rule is simple....children under age 18 are not required to have any kind of ID for domestic travel. International rules are different, of course. So...no worries. You don't need an ID for domestic travel with your four year old....or your 7 year old....or your 10 year old....or even your 16 year old.


    As for the license, we only ever have one. They take the old one when you get your new one. If you do loose it, as others have said, they will allow you to travel after a more intense screening.
     
  9. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala 1937, what a year that was Moderator

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    I would like to assert that I do not believe you should ever pack your passport in checked luggage. Ever. There's a market for US passports and you do not know who is opening your checked luggage.

    My father was allowed to board a flight without ID after further screening and a luggage search.
     
  10. Heidijs

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    I'll remember to take other ID with me. I do have a police ID from work, the picture is old but my signature is on it.
     
  11. Thumper_Man

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    When we go on vacation, we always make a photo copy of our driver's licenses as well as all our credit/debit cards. Or we'll use our camera and take pictures, or both. This way, if they are ever lost or stolen; we have all the necessary information we need to cancel our credit/debit cards, and we can prove who we are.
     
  12. Heidijs

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    I considered photocopying my ID as well, and the credit cards we take in case they get lost. Good ideas!
     
  13. Candy Apple

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    That gives me the idea of taking a picture of our ID's with my cell phone and DH's cell phone as an extra backup.
     
  14. Thumper_Man

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    In some of my other posts, I think I suggested this as well, but you gotta use caution here as well. If you lose your cell phone and someone finds it, they have all your information. If they're not honest enough to turn in your phone to L & F, or if your phone gets stolen, then you could be at risk for identity theft. If you're going to use your cell phone, use a micro SD card to store the pictures, then take it out of your phone and put it in a safe place. SD cards are fairly inexpensive and will serve the purpose. Do not store the pictures to the phones internal memory. :eek:

    We do something similar to this, but with our camera. Our camera does not have an internal memory card, so we have to use a memory card. We have a separate memory card that we use and we keep it in a safe place back in our room. This way, if our camera also gets stolen or lost, we may have lost our magical memories :sad1:, but we still have the necessary information we need should the worst happen.:scared1: Most computers now a days have ports for a memory card, so the information can very easily be retrieved. Thank God we haven't had to resort to this yet (knocks on wood), but better to be safe and prepared, rather than sorry.
     
  15. Thumper_Man

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    Just make sure to keep them in a safe place. :thumbsup2 Don't want to lose this piece of paper and have it falling into the wrong hands.
     
  16. Green Tea

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    You can email the documents to yourself and just open the pdfs if you need them to print after some loss along the trip.
     
  17. Thumper_Man

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    Yikes:scared1: Sending that type of information through the www. I'll admit its a good idea, but me personally, I wouldn't do it. I know there is no full proof way of doing this; but I feel a lot safer knowing all that information is personally with me if/when I should ever need it.
     
  18. brentalex

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    In 2006 I lost my wallet while at Disney, and all of my id. I had a few days before we had to leave, so I contacted the registry back home. They asked me many questions to prove I was who I said I was, and then they faxed me a copy of my license and a letter stating I had proved who I was. At the airport I got all the way to the front of the security line and was told I needed a special boarding pass and had to go back to the airline counter. She told me to just cut to the front of the line. I felt awful doing it, but no one complained. I got my special boarding pass, cut back to the front of the security line and then was sent to a special line where I was patted down and my carry on bag emptied and searched. I then got passed through the scanners and on my way. My family had stayed in the regular line while I did all this but because the special line where they checked my bag and patted me down was just for me, I got through the security line before they did. :cool1:
     

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