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No ID? No problem ........
You've just driven for an hour to the airport shuttle lot and spent thirty minutes unloading your car and riding to the airport.
All this struggle is worth it for that week in the sun.
You leave the shuttle and check your watch ..... "good, I've got just over an hour 'till boarding".
And as you finally get past the long lines to the check-in counter you realize ..... you have no ID.
That'll ruin your day for sure! But do you really have to panic? Can you board a domestic flight with absolutely no ID?
Yes ..... here's how ..... it will take some of your time speaking with the "ever vigilant TSA" (insert tongue in cheek here)
You can board your flight without ID, as long as TSA officials can verify your identity. ''Establishing identification,''
says TSA spokesman Christopher White, "is as important as having a passenger go through a metal detector.''
Formerly, travelers without ID had to undergo regular screening, a whole-body pat-down and a full luggage check
before they were allowed to board their flights. But on June 21, 2009 the TSA's policy changed, White said, to focus on identity verification.
The new policy ''increases safety for the traveling public,'' White said. ''If you're a bad guy, the last thing you want is to have your name
called into a government operations center, be interviewed by the police and have a behavior-detection officer come chat with you.''
He said it takes an average of six minutes to verify identity.
Here's how the new system works: If you lose your ID, you should arrive at the security checkpoint early and explain the situation
to the officer at the document-checking station. You'll be asked to fill out a form including your full name and address,
which officials will check against publicly available databases. If necessary, local police and TSA behavior-detection officers
will interview you, and you might have to undergo additional screening.
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