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Airport Identification

ID cards and airports are certainly an intimidating combination. However, the TSA security folks do not let anyone walk through without proper airport identification. Security is a matter of great concern and is tight at the airports. Hence arriving early as well as having two identification forms is the best. Similarly, purchasing tickets using a credit card and as well bringing it along with the ticket helps in avoiding hassles and also ensures proper identification. The adult passengers photo ID should contain name, gender, date of birth, expiration date and also a tamper resistant feature.

The requisite for adult airport identification is either a state approved identification photo card or a valid passport. Traveling internationally also involves a valid passport for six months past the travel date. Even for traveling within United States and Caribbean portions, a driver’s license or state ID card is essential. Traveling to Canada or Mexico is entertained with a valid ID. In fact, a certified birth certificate can also do wonders. Traveling abroad includes planning well ahead for the process of availing passport that takes six weeks processing period. Processing a passport demands two passport size photos, a valid ID and proof of the citizenship.

Children traveling on domestic flights with adults do not need airport identification photo card. However, age proof in the form of birth certificate is enough. Conversely, checking with the respective airlines regarding children identification before the date of travel is ideal to avoid problems while boarding. Traveling internationally is subjected to identical airport documentation requisites as adults. This includes a passport for even an unborn baby for an international trip. Similarly, a child traveling unaccompanied should be dropped or retrieved at the eventual destination by an adult should also produce valid identification. Though airlines do not specify children to possess photo identification, it is not bad to have it created for the child prior to travel.

Travelers who do not possess valid airport identification can as well get through security, but this is subjected to manual check. This involves screening that includes searching a person or their carry-ons. However, such travelers should be prepared for a delay and hence are recommended to reach early. The other essential things to be taken care are that the checked baggage should be marked with the name, contact number and also the immediate destination. Pets traveling on board or in cargo should wear a collar with identification details. This helps both, the traveler and the airlines. Identifying even a lost baggage or a missing pet is possible only if they are marked with identification details.