Infant flew without being on ticket

Old Jan 10, 20, 6:01 pm
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Infant flew without being on a ticket

We flew thanksgiving weekend with our 1 yr old and went threw security and he flew without him being on our ticket. Is that illegal?

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Old Jan 10, 20, 6:39 pm
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We flew thanksgiving weekend with our 1 yr old and went threw security and he flew without him being on our ticket. Is that illegal?
Domestic flights? -- no ticket needed (as a lap child under the age of 2)
and "TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling within the United States. "
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Old Jan 10, 20, 6:40 pm
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Per United.com you're OK under the age of 2 without a ticket.

Infants under the age of 2 traveling without a seat within the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands do not require a ticket. Infants traveling internationally (including to Canada, Guam and Mexico) without a seat are required to have a purchased ticket and are subject to infant fares and taxes. When making your reservation, you should indicate that you are traveling with an infant, regardless of your destination.

Once infants turn 2, they are required to have a purchased ticket and occupy a seat. Infants who reach their second birthday after their outbound flight must have a purchased ticket and occupy a seat for their return flight(s).
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Old Jan 10, 20, 6:50 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Domestic flights? -- no ticket needed (as a lap child under the age of 2)
and "TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling within the United States. "
Domestic, but child was not added too an adult ticket, so we can take any child threw security and fly without anyone caring we transport a child across state lines?
We have flown 100k with our child, but this was a first without being added to our ticket
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Originally Posted by yuel View Post
Domestic, but child was not added too an adult ticket, so we can take any child threw security and fly without anyone caring we transport a child across state lines?
We have flown 100k with our child, but this was a first without being added to our ticket
...is the point to try and highlight that you may have done something that is not technically allowable? Really lost as to why this is a topic of discussion.

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Old Jan 10, 20, 6:59 pm
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Originally Posted by yuel View Post
Domestic, but child was not added too an adult ticket, so we can take any child threw security and fly without anyone caring we transport a child across state lines? ....
yes, just as you can in a car, bus, train, walking, ....
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Old Jan 10, 20, 7:01 pm
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There is no such thing as "technically"

The child did not require a ticket to pass through the checkpoint and did not require a ticket to board the UA flight, presuming that it was a domestic flight.

Not sure what OP is trying to stir up here as it something which occurs thousands of time a day.
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Forgive me, but is there some reason you shouldn't have been allowed to take this child wherever you took them? I mean no disrespect, but I'm not sure why else you'd make such a point of this. I wouldn't think of anything funny about taking my own child "across state lines," as if that was some sort of illicit act, by any mode of transportation.
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I actually didnít know they didnít need anything at all. We fly with our child all the time but always add her to the reservation as a lap child
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Old Jan 10, 20, 7:19 pm
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Originally Posted by yuel View Post
child threw security
(Way OT, but having seen this mspieleing twice now I can't help but chuckle at the imagery )
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Old Jan 10, 20, 7:25 pm
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Iím not sure why some are being so harsh on the OP, and I will side with them here.

I have two kids, one still young enough to fly as a lap child. While it is certainly true that there is no ticket needed for a lap infant flying on domestic flights, typically, they are added to the reservation, and get their own BP. I donít know specifically if there is a UA policy requiring them to be added, but I would think theyíd want to know and have that info in the manifest, especially as some aircraft have seating restrictions for flyers with a lap infant (for example, CRJ/7 require lap infants on the A/B side, and there are only 4 seats on the E45s where they can sit, both due to these being the only locations which have an extra oxygen mask). Iíd think weight and balance could come into play as well (especially during the holiday season where you have many more lap infants traveling.

In addition, while TSA doesnít require ID for anyone under, I think, 12, Id think, but donít know for sure that theyíd need some sort of doc to get through security. Like I said, UA has always printed BPs for lap infants when we travel.
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Old Jan 10, 20, 7:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Often1 View Post
There is no such thing as "technically"

The child did not require a ticket to pass through the checkpoint and did not require a ticket to board the UA flight, presuming that it was a domestic flight.

Not sure what OP is trying to stir up here as it something which occurs thousands of time a day.
Obviously, you donít fly with lap child or understand what is being asked, and I doesnít matter if itís domestic, smh

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(Way OT, but having seen this mspieleing twice now I can't help but chuckle at the imagery )
Though, yeah I blame Steve Jobs on autocorrect

Originally Posted by TJinSF View Post
Forgive me, but is there some reason you shouldn't have been allowed to take this child wherever you took them? I mean no disrespect, but I'm not sure why else you'd make such a point of this. I wouldn't think of anything funny about taking my own child "across state lines," as if that was some sort of illicit act, by any mode of transportation.
have your flown with a child under 2? Then you would understand? We have flown over 100k miles with my child, so a lot of experience, but this is a first

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Old Jan 10, 20, 8:09 pm
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have your flown with a child under 2? Then you would understand? We have flown over 100k miles with my child, so a lot of experience, but this is a first
Just to provide some perspective for you, I have flown about 60K miles with a child (mine) under 2. And I don't really understand. I think you are saying that you are surprised that either (1) you can fly with a lap child without a ticket, or (2) you can take your own child across state lines (on an airplane) without paperwork. As you've observed, both are possible. When I first took my baby on a flight, I researched these things a bit on the internet. So I wasn't surprised by them.

It's okay that you're surprised. Flyertalk is a good place to learn. But heckling other posters for not understanding why you're surprised is not very nice.

Also, in another post, you wrote "[it] doesn't matter if it's domestic." Actually, this matters a lot. International flights with lap infants almost always require (1) a ticket, and (2) paperwork, e.g. a passport for the infant.
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Old Jan 10, 20, 8:15 pm
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Domestic, but child was not added too an adult ticket, so we can take any child threw security and fly without anyone caring we transport a child across state lines?
We have flown 100k with our child, but this was a first without being added to our ticket
It's not UA's job or the TSA's job to stop you from kidnapping a child. That's the FBI's job.
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Old Jan 10, 20, 8:20 pm
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Domestic, but child was not added too an adult ticket, so we can take any child threw security and fly without anyone caring we transport a child across state lines?
We have flown 100k with our child, but this was a first without being added to our ticket
So what if you had to put them on an adult ticket. With out a DNA test how will the airline know the kids yours?
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