Getting through airport security with no ID? … YES YOU CAN!




Ever have that nightmare? … the one where you show up at the airport security and realize your wallet is 2 hours behind you, at home on your dresser?  



When this bad dream becomes reality, do NOT give up! 
If you’re traveling domestically, and have an hour to spare, 
you can still get through airport security and make your flight!    

Here’s how Doug did it, last Sunday, in the Kansas City, MO airport…

STEP 1:  CHECK IN AT THE TICKET COUNTER
“No ID?  Nothing?   No college ID or library card?  Not even a bill with your name and address on it?”, asked the Delta agent.
“Nothing”, said Doug.

She printed his boarding pass and escorted him personally to airport security.

STEP 2:  MEET AIRPORT SECURITY
“No ID?  Nothing?   No college ID or library card? Are you sure?”, asked the guard at airport security.
“Don’t worry”, he reassured,
“we see people like you every day.”

This was a job for the Air Marshall!  There’s only one of these officers to serve airport security in each airport, so be ready to wait for them to come to your rescue.

STEP 3:   MEET THE KANSAS CITY AIR MARSHALL, head of Airport Security
“No ID?  Nothing?   No college ID or library card?  No bills?”

No ID means that the Airport Marshall has to call the National Database of Security.   Over the phone, prepare to be interviewed for 10-45 minutes, with the Air Marshall acting as a mouthpiece between you and the Database.
In this airport security area, do not touch your cell phone — much less call or text.   If you do, the Database will suspect you are being coached and deny you entry.

STEP 4:   ANSWER THE NATIONAL DATABASE QUESTIONS
Before he could pass airport security, Doug was asked for his full name, what state his social security card was from,  his father and mother’s full name, how many years has he lived in CA, and where he went to school.

Apparently they liked Doug’s answers for, in 7 minutes, he was cleared by the database and escorted to a glass cube on the side of airport security.

SETP 5:  PAT DOWN

In airport security’s glass cube, every item was taken out of Doug’s bags.   He has been to a muddy music fest and brought t-shirts from brewpubs in Kansas City, but that’s not what airport security was worried about.

They then gave him a big speech about illegal items, and proceeded with a more-than-thorough crotch pat-down.

STEP 6:   BOMB TESTING
Small slips of paper were produced and wiped over every scrap of clothing from his bag.  Airport security officers wiped his computer, his phone and papers, and even his body… no bomb traces on Doug!

“Hey Dude, you’re clear!”, the airport security officer announced.

STEP 7:  ARRIVING WITHOUT ID DID NOT MEAN DOUG HAD ENTERED A NO-FLY ZONE!
Airport security issued Doug a slip of paper that said,

“No ID but cleared”
And he was off to Jamba Juice and his gate. 

Melanie at Tough Love Travel is an expert travel designer as well as a font of travel knowledge, like this scoop for airport security!  
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