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ID required, for boarding, on a mainland domestic flight?

Old May 2, 2023, 2:37 pm
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ID required, for boarding, on a mainland domestic flight?

A slightly odd requirement this evening that caused a bit of gate chaos, the staff member at the entrance to the boarding maze was checking group numbers () but also requiring and verifying photo ID for all passengers before allowing people through to the self boarding gates.

On an international flight of course thats required.

It caused a bit of a mess as passengers were rummaging for passports or other ID.

I know BA have a vague policy that ID may be requested at certain points for domestic flights. But I think the staff member may have been confused.
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Old May 2, 2023, 2:42 pm
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Originally Posted by rjn21
A slightly odd requirement this evening that caused a bit of gate chaos, the staff member at the entrance to the boarding maze was checking group numbers () but also requiring and verifying photo ID for all passengers before allowing people through to the self boarding gates.

On an international flight of course thats required.

It caused a bit of a mess as passengers were rummaging for passports or other ID.

I know BA have a vague policy that ID may be requested at certain points for domestic flights. But I think the staff member may have been confused.
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Old May 2, 2023, 2:45 pm
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There are quite a few new staff who have joined BA from Easyjet or other carriers and who make these sorts of mistakes. Photo ID is not required on BA for a domestic flight unless you are checking a bag.
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Old May 2, 2023, 2:49 pm
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Originally Posted by jmd
There are quite a few new staff who have joined BA from Easyjet or other carriers and who make these sorts of mistakes. Photo ID is not required on BA for a domestic flight unless you are checking a bag.
Strangely enough, on my first post COVD experience with EZY recently they didn't do the passport check on domestics, I had mine out both ends but Swissport just needed the boarding card.
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Old May 2, 2023, 3:58 pm
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I know some folks would say why does it matter, but I am not sure I would have resisted standing my ground and telling them they are wrong.
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Old May 2, 2023, 4:04 pm
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Originally Posted by rjn21
A slightly odd requirement this evening that caused a bit of gate chaos, the staff member at the entrance to the boarding maze was checking group numbers () but also requiring and verifying photo ID for all passengers before allowing people through to the self boarding gates.
Which flight, just out of interest? On BA1404 LHR-MAN this evening some passengers were showing their passport or driving licence. Some passengers showed their passport or driving licence to the staff member at the maze entrance whilst others didn't, and the staff member checked those who volunteered their photo ID but didn't request it from those who hadn't...
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Old May 2, 2023, 4:06 pm
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Originally Posted by skipness1E
Strangely enough, on my first post COVD experience with EZY recently they didn't do the passport check on domestics, I had mine out both ends but Swissport just needed the boarding card.
I've done 3 domestic EZY flights over recent months (2 ex GLA, 1 ex BRS), and haven't been asked for ID on any occasion.

On a side note, my last EZY flight went tech. I filled in their very simple compensation form online the next day, and immediately got an automated email telling me the claim was approved and 220 would be with me within 7 days... compares well to some of the stories on this board!
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Old May 2, 2023, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by ChampagneSocialist
Which flight, just out of interest? On BA1404 LHR-MAN this evening some passengers were showing their passport or driving licence. Some passengers showed their passport or driving licence to the staff member at the maze entrance whilst others didn't, and the staff member checked those who volunteered their photo ID but didn't request it from those who hadn't...
Maybe BA are trialling a new approach where security itself is unbundled from some fares.
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Old May 2, 2023, 4:30 pm
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Which airport did this happen at?
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Old May 2, 2023, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by KARFA
I know some folks would say why does it matter, but I am not sure I would have resisted standing my ground and telling them they are wrong.
I carry my passport on all domestic journeys, if they ask I show, if they don't , I don't offer.
It's all very random.
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Old May 3, 2023, 12:59 am
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Originally Posted by bmiStar
I carry my passport on all domestic journeys, if they ask I show, if they don't , I don't offer.
It's all very random.
Unlike Karfa, I'm not posting in the CE Meals thread 😛, so being denied is not that important 😁
Likewise, if flying always have passport

Imagine if due to a storm etc, you were rerouted and ended up landing in Amsterdam, or France.
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Old May 3, 2023, 1:04 am
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Originally Posted by Fatdickie
Likewise, if flying always have passport

Imagine if due to a storm etc, you were rerouted and ended up landing in Amsterdam, or France.
Or worse - Birmingham
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Old May 3, 2023, 1:17 am
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Old May 3, 2023, 1:38 am
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Originally Posted by jmd
There are quite a few new staff who have joined BA from Easyjet or other carriers and who make these sorts of mistakes. Photo ID is not required on BA for a domestic flight unless you are checking a bag.
On a few occasions I have been asked for ID on domestic flights, a credit card has always sufficed (I dont usually carry photo ID when travelling within the U.K.). Only time I got a little unstuck was when the last three LHR to MAN flights were cancelled and I had to make my way out through T5 security. Fortunately a copy of my passport on my iPhone and boarding pass did the trick
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