Is flying without photo ID a nightmare?
December 1, 2010 9:58 AM Subscribe
How terrible is it to board a plane without a photo ID? I plan to fly to another state in late December and have no picture ID. I will have photocopies of my birth certificate and social security card. I know flying without photo ID is technically legal, but can be a huge pain. Has anyone done this before?
Yeah, I still have no photo ID*
posted by Hwaet to travel & transportation (28 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
. I know it's technically legal to go to the airport without it, but it sounds like it'll be an absolute nightmare at JFK/LGA during holiday season. Has anyone ever done this? I would hate to miss Christmas with my family, but I also don't want to spend an entire day at an airport/getting even more molested by the TSA than ID-carrying passengers because I'm suspiciously without ID.
My options seem to be:
A) Apply for passport ASAP again, send in my birth certificate, SSN card and secondary forms of ID. Pay $60 expediting fee and hope it comes within 3 weeks of application time, sparing me all this drama. If it doesn't, take photocopies of BC and SSN card with me to airport.
B) Don't apply for a passport and risk it not getting to me in time, take real SSN card and birth certificate with me to the airport.
C) Apply for passport but don't fly home for Christmas. This is not as depressing as it sounds; my fiancé and I would spend the holidays together in New York City.
Back story for anyone who cares: I'm currently applying for a passport, but after finally nailing down an appointment with the post office who never picks up their phone, they turned me away because I didn't have photo ID. Never mind that I had many forms of secondary ID and an identifying witness! They said I'd be wasting my money and would be denied. So I left, then called the government passport hotline, who said I'd probably be just fine with all that evidence. But now I have to go back and reschedule a new appointment, and the wait time is about 5 days per post office, which is cutting it pretty close to my travel plans even if I pay the expediting fee that usually produces a new passport in 2-3 weeks. I can't go to a passport agency and expedite the process because I'm not traveling out of the country within 14 days.