You can fly without an ID

I didn't think you could fly without an ID, but according to this 2013 TSA blog post, you won't necessarily be turned back.

You’ll be able to fly as long as you provide us with some information that will help us determine you are who you say you are.

If you’re willing to provide some additional information, we have other means of substantiating your identity, such as using publicly available databases. If we can confirm your identity, you’ll be cleared to go through security, and you may or may not have to go through some additional screening.

If we can’t confirm your identity with the information you provide or you’re not willing to provide us with the information to help us make a determination, you may not be able to fly.

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday – Can You Fly Without an ID?

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  1. daneel says:

    I had my passport stolen on holiday once.

    Took some work getting out of the Netherlands, but the police report eventually got me on board. At the UK end they just let me straight back in, despite having no ID. And I very much doubt the immigration control person could read Dutch.

    Top tip; don't leave your stuff in lockers in dodgy Amsterdam backpackers hostels when you go out for the day.

  2. I have done it.
    Forgot my ID and would have missed my flight if I went home to get it.

    For the record I lied and said it was lots.
    Showed a couple credit cards and my health insurance card.

    I'm sure it helped being a married white male travelling with my beautiful (and also white) wife.

  3. Step 1: Be white
    Step 2: Don't be brown.

  4. Those are ID. "ID" stands for "identifying documentation" or "identity documents".

    For many purposes, a utility bill is acceptable ID.

    The TSA blog post that Mark quotes specifically says that you have to provide them with "some information that will help us determine you are who you say you are." That's a pretty precise definition of what ID is.

  5. In order to ascertain my identity, please allow me to replicate my 10,000 word essay "Why Goku Would Beat Superman In A Fight", posted ten years ago in the Slashdot comments section, under the name "SuperSaiyanBong420".

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