my4
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my4 asked in TravelAir Travel · 7 months ago

Identification for flying?

My son is 14 and might be flying to Florida with his running team in a few months. We don’t fly anywhere so we don’t have passports. He would be flying from Massachusetts to Florida so it’s not like he’s leaving the country that he would need a passport. What would we use for him as identification when boarding a plane with his teammates?

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  • 7 months ago

    He could use his student ID, or any ID he has like a bus pass or something with his name and picture. You should be completely fine though, and should have no reason to have him be identified or anything .

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  • 7 months ago

    Since your son is under the age of 18, he does not need an ID. (See link.) When he is having his travel documents verified at the checkpoint, please have him state his age when asked.

    https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/iden... (Look under "Children".)

    Addendum: Passports is not the exclusive ID for travel. There are other types of ID valid for travel. (Again, see link.)

    Source(s): Work part-time as a TSA officer.
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  • 7 months ago

    The team leader/coach/chaparone or whomever will need a consent letter to take YOUR child out of state.

    You probably signed it when your child joined the team.

    The Airline may want something.Check your Airline for any details.

    TSA security stop is the next stop. As your CHILD is with an ADULT escort they do not need identification at the security checkpoint. The ADULT vouches for the Identity of the Child.

    The organizer of the journey should know what is needed. Start there.

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  • 7 months ago

    Even though he may not need an ID to fly, I would recommend you apply for a passport card for him. It would be able to fit into his wallet and wont have to worry about what is needed. It is also a lot cheaper than applying for the passport book.

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  • MS
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    7 months ago

    Children under 18 do not need ID to fly within the US. He also will not need a letter of consent since he's not leaving the country, but I imagine the team will have you complete some medical releases/consents. There may be other paperwork that the coach or chaperone will request for the trip that will cover consent.

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  • Neil
    Lv 4
    7 months ago

    Nothing is required for those under 18.

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  • 7 months ago

    Children under 18 do not require ID to fly within the US, according to the TSA rules. The airline might require some, probably a birth certificate. That's something only the airline in question can tell you. I don't know what ID, if any, the organizers of the trip will want the kids to have with them. I'm sure they'll let parents know what is needed.

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  • 7 months ago

    Let either his team and/or the airline worry about that. Any form of ID is acceptable on internal flights.

    Peace.

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  • Darren
    Lv 6
    7 months ago

    He won't need an ID if he's traveling with a coach or adult chaperone.

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  • 7 months ago

    Talk to the coach or whoever is organising the trip from your end. He may not need any ID, but he might need a letter of consent from you.

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