In the middle of September I wrote about how NY driver’s licenses + 3 other states won’t be valid for domestic flights in the future. Who knows if this will really happen…
This led me to look into what else is considered a valid form of ID. We could always bring a passport along but I prefer to leave mine at home unless I’m leaving the country.
Since I live in New York, I’d probably use my Global Entry ID card or get a passport card eventually.
While reading into valid forms of identification, something really interesting caught my eye.
Could you imagine showing up to the airport and then realizing that you forgot your ID? My guess is that you’d be rushing home to get it and/ or missing your flight. However, this might not be the case.
According to TSA.gov:
“In the event you arrive at the airport without proper ID, because it is lost or at home, you may still be allowed to fly. By providing additional information, TSA has other ways to confirm your identity, like using publicly available databases, so you can reach your flight“.
I was definitely more than a bit surprised to read this. I can’t imagine at TSA officer taking the time to try to confirm a passenger’s identity nor would I really expect them to.
I’d love to hear more about how they actually go about confirming someone’s identity through a database? Any ideas?
Have any of you ever forgotten your ID before a domestic flight and still been allowed to fly? If so, please let us know how your identity was confirmed.
The other things I wondered was if your ID is confirmed, is it also a hassle on the way back or is some sort of note made on your ticket about the situation?