What ID is needed for a plane?
You must present an acceptable ID, such as a valid passport, state-issued enhanced driver's license or U.S. military ID, to fly within the U.S. You will not be allowed to fly if your identity cannot be verified. Review the complete list of acceptable identification.
The secondary form of ID can take a lot of different forms and these include:
- Library card.
- Business card.
- Social Security card.
- Student ID.
- Credit cards.
- Photo of an ID.
- Voter registration card.
The officer will insert each photo ID into the CAT unit where the ID is scanned and analyzed. CAT is linked electronically to the Secure Flight database, which confirms travelers' flight details, ensuring they are ticketed for travel that day.
Important: if you want to board domestic flights or visit federal facilities beginning May 7, 2025 you must have a REAL ID or another acceptable form of identification.
The REAL ID (gold star) effective date is set for May 7, 2025. If you fly commercially or need access to federal facilities, you'll either need a REAL ID license or ID or another acceptable identity document, or you're going to be subject to additional screening and potential delays.
Noncitizens who are nonimmigrants and seeking to enter the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country.
Nationalized Bank Passbook with attested Photograph, Pension card / Pension documents having photograph of the passenger, Disability Photo ID Card / handicapped medical certificate issued by the respective State / UT Governments / Administrations.
Come prepared with additional forms of identification (credit card, photo business card, student ID, even mail or prescription medication with your name and address). Once the airline representative is satisfied that you are who you say you are, they will issue a boarding pass with a note that you don't have an ID.
Once your information is compared and your identity is verified, you will be allowed to continue through the security checkpoint. If you're traveling with an expired license or passport you may still be able to fly. Acceptable forms of ID cannot be more than 12 months past the identified expiration date.
TSA protects transportation systems: they scan your luggage, ensure your ticket is valid, and provide airport security. The only reason they might be interested in your phone is if it looks suspicious. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on the other hand, is a different story.
What will fail a TSA background check?
Dishonesty, fraud, or misrepresentation, including identity fraud and money laundering, where the money laundering is related to a crime listed in Parts A or B (except welfare fraud and passing bad checks). Bribery. Smuggling. Immigration violations.
Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible. TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.
For domestic flights, you don't need to bring your passport but will need some form of government-issued identification. Some airlines will allow you to bring two pieces of non-photo identification that match the name and date of birth on your reservation.
Q: Do I need a passport if I have a REAL ID? If you are traveling internationally you will still need your passport. If you are traveling domestically, you will only need one valid form of identification – either your REAL ID or another acceptable alternative such as a passport, not both.
Domestic carry-on policies. A good rule of thumb is that if your carry-on bag fits under the seat in front of you, it's considered a personal item. This includes small backpacks, purses, briefcases, laptop bags, etc. Larger bags, including suitcases, must fit in the overhead bin compartment.
Most airlines allow passengers to bring on both a carry-on and a personal item like a backpack, laptop bag, purse, briefcase, shopping bag, etc. The general rule of thumb is that your personal item is smaller in dimension than your carry-on bag and it can fit underneath the seat in front of you.
Liquid, aerosol or gel deodorant: 100 ml (3.4 oz.) or smaller container permitted in carry-on. Aerosol deodorant: These items are also subject to limits in checked baggage. Each passenger can bring a maximum of 500 ml or 500 g per container, with a total net quantity not to exceed 2 L or 2 kg per person.
“As per circular number AVSEC order 15/2017, issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security of the ministry of civil aviation regarding the list of photo ID proofs for security control of departing passengers, a hard copy must be compulsorily displayed to security personnel at airports.
A school ID, library card, Social Security card, birth certificate or an organization ID all suffice, as do the allowed identification forms for an adult, such as a state ID. Children younger than 14 do not require identification when traveling alone.
**A passport cannot be used as a List A document if it is expired. If it has expired within the past 12 months, it can be used, but only as a proof of citizenship (List B). Additionally, an expired U.S. passport may not be presented by itself. It must be presented with at least one other List B document.
How long does TSA verification take?
Most applicants receive approval notification in 3-5 days, though some applications can take up to 60 days. Considering this, applicants are encouraged to renew at least 60 days prior to expiry.
When you are traveling internationally you should expect your name to be checked against databases for at risk individuals including those with outstanding warrants. Your name could be flagged before you even arrive at the airport since in many cases you need to apply for a visa to get to your destination.
- What does it mean to get “flagged” by TSA?
- Tripping the system during a background check.
- Showing signs of nervousness.
- Traveling with too much cash money.
- Bringing large containers of powder.
- Bringing odd or complex objects.
- Trying to transport drugs.
There were recent media reports that travelers were being asked for their social media handles (i.e., their account names) to view the public posts. However, providing this information was only voluntary; travelers were not ordered to provide the information.