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No ID? You can still fly

12/30/2006| 12:58:00 PM| 中文

The general assumption is that losing your photo ID grounds you, correct?

The general assumption is that losing your photo ID grounds you, correct?

But travel writer Laurie Berger found that is not the case.

"Much to my surprise, I recently boarded a flight to New York while my driver´s license stayed home," she said.

She found she had lost her license while checking in with a skycap. She had left it at home.

"The Transportation Security Administration doesn´t advertise it. And few travelers know about it. But it´s possible to fly domestically, even if your ID is lost, stolen, expired or forgotten. You´ll just have to through additional security," she wrote.

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said:"Most people think if they don´t have ID we won´t let them fly. We recognize that travelers often have wallets stolen or lose their belongings in tsunamis in Thailand."

Although federal law requires passengers 18 and older to present a government-issued picture ID, TSA and the airlines will make exceptions for passengers who have become separated from their identification.

"But the extra inspection could add another hour to the curb-to-gate trip, making for some close calls during the holiday season. (I almost missed my plane.) And there´s no guarantee your trip will be hassle-free on the other end," wrote Ms Berger.

"As a ´selectee,´ or high-risk passenger, I embarked on a journey to the gate that got longer and grew more touchy feely," she wrote.

Although TSA won´t divulge actual numbers, the LAX screener assigned to the writer´s secondary once-over wagered that about one in 10 fliers shows up without credentials.

TAGS: Transportation Security Administration | ID
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