Note: This post is for legit passengers who find themselves in a pickle. Nothing I’m posting here will give folks who are up to no good any help.
I found myself in a travel condundrum while heading to the airport for a domestic flight this week. I’d misplaced my driver’s license, and my passport was at the Ghana Consulate in NYC for processing a visa application. This left me without any form of photo identification for an important flight I needed to take for work.
I searched the web and found a helpful TSA blog post on the topic, but thought I’d give a first-hand account of how it actually went, for those who find themselves in a similar situation.
The first thing I did was gather up every form of non-photo ID I had at home. Social Security card, credit cards with my name on them, and also a copy of my passport that I already normally keep home whenever I travel.
Several key things:
- I had no checked baggage (carry-on only), and checked-in for the flight online, so had a boarding pass with me upon arrival. As I understood it from a friendly gate agent afterward, if I’d asked the airline instead of the TSA, I would’ve been told I couldn’t fly. The airlines have different regulations than the