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ID Check up at the airport

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1. Posted by pslee (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi, I have few concerns regarding boarding on domestic planes. I am an international student who just lost the passport. I think it is going to take few more weeks for my country's embassy to make a new one for me. My concern is that would it be possible to get on the domestic plane with my college ID and couple of my credit cards because that is all I have now? My social security card is lost with my passport, but I could provide them my # from my college transcript. This never happened to me before and I am quiet concerned about getting on the plane because I have a medical school interview. I've called the TSA and told them about my situation, and they said college ID is fine, but I just want to ask around to experienced people to make sure that I could get on that plane. Thank you.

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Do you have a photographic drivers licence? I know in the UK you can use those as ID. Failing that ring the airline and ask them will they accept the College ID and issue you a boarding card.

Good luck

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting pslee

I've called the TSA and told them about my situation, and they said college ID is fine...

The problem I've found with the TSA is that they are very inconsistent in the application of their rules. So even if the TSA said it, it's hard to ensure that you'll be able to actually get on.

The best I can suggest is call back the TSA and ask if there is any possibility of getting the rule in writing. When at the airport, show them the ID. If they complain, that way you can show them the written letter. If they still don't let you in, ask to speak to a supervisor. Always be polite and calm, and explain the situation concisely.

Best of luck.

Greg

4. Posted by pslee (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

thank you so much. I've seen the identification requirements from continental, delta, and few others for domestic flights, and I was absolutely shocked. It said on the web site that you could actually get on with a public library card. Also it said if there is any problem, there will be a extra security search to make sure that there is no terrorist threats. Well, I will just go to the airport nice and clean, be polite and do whatever I can to get on the flight. If there is any more comments or concerns, feel free to write on the thread.

5. Posted by pslee (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

to whom it may concern,
Well, I've talked to some people, surfing on the web, and found out that you actually DON'T need an ID to get on us domestic flight. If you don't have a proper government issued IDs due to robbery, misplacement etc, they will do a secondary screening search which means they will search through your luggages to make sure that you don't have any weapons. So I just want to say do not worry about their lost IDs unless you are going to carry a weapon on board.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Good to hear, enjoy your flight!

Quoting pslee

So I just want to say do not worry about their lost IDs unless you are going to carry a weapon on board.

Ummm.... Aw, never mind.

7. Posted by pslee (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

to whom it may concern,

My experience on domestic flight with out my ID really made me worry about the airport security. On my way to atlanta from new york city, I told the TSA member who checks the ID that I've lost my passport. She told me "do you have anything else?" I told her I have my college id and couple of my credit cards. She wanted to see them let me passby after checking them out. Pretty straight forward. Now this is where I am really concerned; at atlanta airport, I have done the same thing, but the TSA wouldn't let me in unless I have my bagpacks checked. So one TSA member took me to a less crowded area and tapped my body very carelessly and let me go by without checking my bagpacks! It would be so easy for the terrorists to outsmart them in everyway for another attack. Well, so travelling with out ID is POSSIBLE on domestic flight. Hope this helps to people who are in trouble.