Do you need photo ID's for your kids when flying???

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Posted 4/2/2013 by TanyaLyn in NSBR Board


PeaNut 16,954
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Posted: 4/2/2013 8:14:30 PM
Okay so I haven't flown in 7 years so I'm a little rusty. Do I need photo ID's for my two kids? Or should I bring their birth certificates with me? that do I need to bring if anything? This is a domestic flight.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 8:15:09 PM
I've never been asked for one.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 8:18:11 PM
I have flown dozens of time with my kids and they have never needed id. They are often asked to say their name though when going through security.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 8:20:19 PM
No, you don't need anything domestically. They'll just (gently) question the kids.

"How old are you?"
"Who is this?" (Mommy)
"Where are you going?"


I've seen really snarly looking TSA agents turn super sweet and mellow when "interviewing" little kids. It's very cute.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 8:28:38 PM
Okay great! Want to avoid any possible issues.

I can remember when I was 13 and I flew to England with my grandmother I was questioned by the agents and they got this big book up onto the counter and was flipping through it (apparently looking to see if I was a missing child).


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Posted: 4/2/2013 8:48:30 PM
We have flown a few times with our son and an ID is not required but I had a TSA agent suggest that I bring it next time because of all the rules they have now, to avoid any hassle.
If you are comfortable carrying it with you and it's not a hassle then I'd just bring their birth certificate to be on the safe side.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 8:52:36 PM
For a domestic flight, no. We always bring my daughter's passport though (I feel better have some kind of ID, even if not needed).

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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:07:43 PM
No and my DD has never been questioned. That said, I do like to bring her passport or birth certificate just in case

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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:15:20 PM
I've never been asked and was told they don't need it for under 18. I personally don't bring their passport or birth certificate because I am always worried about losing them.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:17:09 PM
I fly with my kids pretty often, and they've never been asked.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:18:02 PM
I have flown with both of my kids ages 15 and 18 in the past year and they only need ID for over 18. They will ask if your child is older (appearing possibly 18) but no photo or other ID is needed, at this point anyway. Who knows what the rules will be next time I fly.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:22:13 PM

"How old are you?"
"Who is this?" (Mommy)
"Where are you going?"

I've flown with my grandsons a few times and not only do they not need ID, they haven't ever questioned them at all.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:31:26 PM
I carry photocopies of their birth certs, although I have only been asked once (it was a loooong time ago).

Sometimes the TSA people will look at the tickets and say, "Who's (name)?" and wait to see which kid answers. My kids' names are not clearly gender-specific...

My oldest has a photo school ID; I guess we could have him carry that when he starts looking. Little more grown up.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:34:41 PM
You won't need anything.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 10:22:38 PM
Yep, under age 18 no documents aside from the boarding pass is required.

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