"I believe I can flyyyyyy, I believe I can touch the sky," without a kid who looks just like me having identification. True?
August 31, 2011 8:41 AM Subscribe
Do very young children (she's 20 months) need--as in absolutely required, not simply 'discretionary,' 'recommended,' or 'helpful'--any sort of identification in order to board a domestic U.S. flight and fly in a parent's lap?
posted by resurrexit to Travel & Transportation around United States (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Mrs. Exit and I and the baby were getting our boarding passes to fly Southwest domestically and, for the first time despite having flown ID-less with the baby in a lap several times, the Southwest folks demanded either a birth certificate, immunization record, or passport for our daughter to be able to fly. We were puzzled. They cited "FAA regulations, sir, //eyebrows move impossibly higher// with a $20,000 fine, sir." We didn't have time to go back home and get the docs or catch a later flight.
Disappointed, Mrs. and baby just canceled and refunded their ticket and went home, and I flew alone. (You might call me a wuss, and it's true. Short of armed insurrection, in which case I'm with you comrades, I have a policy of never ever mess with anyone who works for, at, or in an airport, all of whom apparently believe themselves to be deputized U.S. Marshals or something.)
I can't find any information online that this is actually a requirement. There is an older AskMe where someone mentions 'take ID to avoid a headache' but there was no followup on that comment.