Our day started out very early and before heading over to security at LaGuardia Airport, we stopped by the Amex Centurion Lounge for a quick breakfast.
When we got to security we then encountered a problem. Kim’s NYC ID wasn’t considered a valid form of identification according to the TSA.
Kim looked through her bag and it turned out that she forgot to bring either of the usual forms of identification she usually brings when we travel- her passport or Global Entry card.
I wasn’t overly worried since I knew that even if you forgot your ID, you could still fly.
The TSA officers were helpful right away. We were told that they would use alternate means of ID to verify Kim’s identity and that a supervisor would be called.
I don’t recall what the officers asked Kim to provide but she ended up showing a credit card. They looked it over and then asked if she had another. (Well of course she did!)
Kim’s two credit cards were accepted as valid ID which allowed her to pass through security. (The female officer also checked her carry-on and gave her a full pat down.)
I then wondered what would happen on the way home from Portland.
The officer took Kim’s NYC ID, looked at it for a few moments, possibly confused by it and then scribbled whatever it is that they write on the ticket and allowed her to proceed.
So in NYC they know that the NYC ID is not a valid ID at the airport but in Portland it was accepted.
The bottom line is that even if you forget your ID when you have a domestic flight, all hope is not lost- you still can fly so long as you can be verified other ways.
Have you ever forgot your ID when you went to the airport? If so, what did the TSA officers accept instead?