TSA security has many rules to follow before boarding a flight. Know them to make getting through security quick and easy.
What happens if passengers forget ID or lose it? Can they fly?
If you are a US citizen or resident traveling in the U.S. and your government-issued photo ID is lost or stolen—or worse, if you’re in a foreign country and your passport is lost or stolen— you don’t have to panic about going through TSA security. Your fate won’t be the same as Charlie’s in the Kingston Trio’s song, “The Man Who Never Returned.”
When your driver’s license goes missing, immediately file a police report.
A traveler who had been stopped at the TSA security checkpoint, without proper identification, was asked about whether or not a police report had been filed about the lost ID. TSA security checked with the department and the police faxed a copy of the report. She presented the police report to the TSA security agent at the entrance to security. Seeing the report, the TSA security agent asked if she had a Costco card. She did. She caught a break, but you can’t depend on every TSA security officer accepting one. The Costco card has its member’s photo embedded in the card. She got through security and flew home.
Most of us don’t have some kind of second photo ID when we travel, but we still can get through TSA security when traveling in the US if our government-issued photo ID has been lost or stolen.
What happens if passenger forget ID was originally published on Travelers United Blog by Ned Levi.
Adult passengers (18 and over) are required to show a US federal or state-issued photo ID … in order to be allowed to go through the checkpoint and onto their flight.
Passengers who do not or cannot present an acceptable ID will have to provide information to the TSA security Officer performing Travel Document Checking duties in order to verify their identity. Passengers who are cleared through this process may be subject to additional screening. Passengers whose identity cannot be verified by TSA security may not be allowed to enter the screening checkpoint or onto an airplane.
How can you ensure, to the extent possible, you’ll be able to fly home, if your photo ID, and especially if all your IDs, are lost or stolen while traveling?
It takes preparation and common sense.
Before you leave, make three color copies of the front and back of your government issued photo ID. Leave one at home, give one to a friend, and take one with you. Keep the one you take with you separate from your actual photo ID. I usually travel with it in my carry-on, then leave it in the room or hotel safe when not in transit. The one at your friend’s is in case your copy disappears, and the one at home so someone could retrieve it, in case your friend isn’t available. If your copy is missing, you can have the others faxed or “over-nighted” to you.
File a police report. You want to prove to TSA you can’t produce your photo ID. You’ll need a copy of the report to show TSA at the airport.
At the airport, with the police report and the color copy of your photo ID, it’s highly likely TSA will accept the two as acceptable identity verification. They might put you through some secondary screening, but you should be able to fly.
If you’re out of the country, and your U.S. passport is lost or stolen, again, don’t panic. You’ll be fine using common sense and a little preparation.