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Old Jul 27, 15, 10:04 pm
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Virginia
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Originally Posted by UNGGOY View Post
Originally Posted by GalleyWench View Post
It's to verify that your child qualifies for lap child status and isn't 2 years or older.
But why a birth certificate?

Is that not a off-the-wall rule?

I mean, you can easily fake a birth certificate in 30 minutes or so at home.

Why do they not ask for birth certificated for children and adults?
Because an adult isn't trying to fly for free in someone's lap. It's only required for a child under 2 years of age that you're trying to fly with as a lap child. FAR's require any child that has reached their second birthday to occupy their own seat. The verification of age is accomplished by BC. SWA isn't the only airline that notes this on their website.
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