My child flying alone with grandparent, does child need id?

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Posted 6/28/2010 by h&hmommy in NSBR Board


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Posted: 6/28/2010 8:56:17 AM
My MIL is flying my 7 year old DS back to us at the end of the week (we drove him to her). She has flown alone with him before and we had given her his passport as ID, just in case. She has never been questioned or asked to show his ID (they do have the same last name).

We forgot to bring his passport this time and we are wondering if we even need to send it to her. We are thinking of just scanning it and emailing it. Is that even necessary?


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Posted: 6/28/2010 9:00:31 AM
You need some sort of id to get on the plane. Before my son had his passport we always had to provide his birth certificate as identification to get on a plane.


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Posted: 6/28/2010 9:00:41 AM
Nope. I just took my 6 year old grandson to Connecticut and back and he didn't need anything besides his boarding pass.


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Posted: 6/28/2010 9:25:36 AM
On domestic flights he just needs his boarding pass.


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Posted: 6/28/2010 9:28:57 AM
When I fly with my own son I have to have original birth certificate. We haven't flown in 2010 though.


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Posted: 6/28/2010 10:30:14 AM
I'm glad you asked this...My 8yo ds is flying with my neighbors tomorrow to Colorado. He doesn't have a passport, so maybe I better send his birth certificate just in case. I am signing an affidavit that allows him to travel across state lines with them and also to consent to medical treatment, but I wasn't sure if that would be enough. I really need to go ahead and get him a passport.


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Posted: 6/28/2010 10:50:47 AM
The affidavit for permission for your neighbors to have your child and for medical care should be notarized.

I took a friend of my dd's to Disney World back in 2003 and we had no trouble going down, but on the way back, security at Florida looked carefully at her passport, the permission letter from her parents, and my driver's license. I had insisted on the passport, since she didn't have a driver's licence yet, and I was glad I did!


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Posted: 6/28/2010 11:11:34 AM
SmartyPants, you can take your child to the BMV and have a state issued ID made for your child. It looks just like a normal drivers license. The license # issued to them will be their actual drivers license # if you renew every 4 years.

We've done this since our sons were 6 months old and renew every 4 years. Ironically when we've flown & DSs have presented their IDs the ticket and security agents always say "we don't need them" and only looks at ours.

It's nice to have just in case though!


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Posted: 6/28/2010 11:53:28 AM
I was in Charleston last week and the woman in front of me ( the grandmother ) was denied boarding with the kids because she did not have an ID for them and something ( an affadavit ? ) from the parents.

Don't know where she was going or anything. I just heard parts of it. So I guess it isn't cut and dried.

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Posted: 6/28/2010 12:24:03 PM
You might call the airline they'll be flying on and ask... Or check out the TSA website. They should be able to give you an answer.

I used to work at an airport, and no minors needed ID. But, that was pre 9/11... A lot has changed.


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Posted: 6/28/2010 12:26:54 PM
I'd make sure that they had a copy of the birth certificate.


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Posted: 6/28/2010 12:26:59 PM
I'd make sure that they had a copy of the birth certificate.


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Posted: 6/28/2010 12:27:06 PM
Once, we did not have to show anything and then this past month on a trip to CA, we were asked for my daughter's ID (she's almost 2). We have a passport for her. So... I say better safe than sorry.

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Posted: 6/28/2010 12:34:43 PM
My oldest grandson has flown with us for years ... we've never been asked for ID. We've also flown on several different airlines. Our last names were different on our airline tickets but it didn't matter. No one ever batted an eye or asked a single question.


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Posted: 6/28/2010 12:48:52 PM
I'm putting my 9 year old niece on a plane next week. Delta only requires documentation or ID for international flights according to their website.

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