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  • airband1
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jun 2004
    • 456

    Flying within UK

    Hi guys

    Can anyone please clarify whether you need a passport to fly from Glasgow to London as my Mother inlaw is going at the beginning of next year and a friend of hers told her you do but I don't think you do need one for a domestic flight.

    Thanks
    Jim Robertson

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  • G-CDFF
    Senior Member
    • Sep 2005
    • 1294

    #2
    I'm not exactly sure, but when flying with low-cost airlines you must have some form of photo ID.

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    • SHAMROCK321
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2004
      • 2544

      #3
      When flying Ryanair its extremley extremley advisable to bring a passport as they have made a habit of telling people who bring some forms of ID that they cannot travel.

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      • Papa Lima
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Mar 2004
        • 2979

        #4
        The Ryanair ID policy is very clearly stated in their "small print" when you book the ticket - it includes driving licence with photo, but the top of their list is a passport.
        "Aviation is a useless and expensive fad advocated by a few individuals whose ideas are unworthy of attention."
        Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Sir W. G. Nicholson

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        • Airline owner
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Oct 2003
          • 5327

          #5
          no, I had the same query when my girlfriend flew to Edinburgh from London a month or two ago....you dont need a passport but some form of ID helps.

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          • airband1
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jun 2004
            • 456

            #6
            Would one of those photo bus passes issued by the local council be ok as a form of ID as I think thats the only thing she's got that could be used as photo ID?
            Jim Robertson

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            • wannabe pilot
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jul 2003
              • 3652

              #7
              Originally posted by airband1
              Would one of those photo bus passes issued by the local council be ok as a form of ID as I think thats the only thing she's got that could be used as photo ID?
              I don't think so. Photo ID I think would include things such as driving licenses, citizenscard, etc.

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              • Mark L
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2003
                • 4325

                #8
                Depends who the airline is, Ryanair are much more stringent than say BA. Some airlines will accept something like a pension book for example which might help.
                My recent and upcoming flights

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                • airband1
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jun 2004
                  • 456

                  #9
                  Anyone else able to offer any advice on my query?
                  Jim Robertson

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                  • tmurphy
                    Senior Member
                    • Jul 2005
                    • 221

                    #10
                    When I made my return trip from London City back to Liverpool, I didn't show ANY I.D., just quoted my name at the check in, got boarding pass - nobody at Passport Control and off whe went through Security!!!!

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                    • Mark L
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Mar 2003
                      • 4325

                      #11
                      If you mentioned the airline we could help a bit more.
                      My recent and upcoming flights

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                      • T5
                        T5
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 6822

                        #12
                        Fly British Airways. They don't seem to mind a passenger not having ID on domestic services!
                        Michael

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                        • Airline owner
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Oct 2003
                          • 5327

                          #13
                          for you maybe Michael. My girlfriend flew BMI to EDI and was asked at both ends for some good ID

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                          • andrewm
                            Rank 2 Registered User
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 4456

                            #14
                            Originally posted by Airline owner
                            for you maybe Michael. My girlfriend flew BMI to EDI and was asked at both ends for some good ID
                            Could that be because BA is not bmi....
                            Regards, Andrew

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                            • T5
                              T5
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Jan 2000
                              • 6822

                              #15
                              Originally posted by andrewm
                              Could that be because BA is not bmi....
                              Good point
                              Michael

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                              • rdc1000
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jan 2000
                                • 1396

                                #16
                                It is purely company policy for the airlines. There is no legal requirement to show ID, and indeed when you pass through security they are not worried about seeing it, illustrating that it is not an issue.

                                The reason that some airlines require ID is to stop people purchasing seats cheaply and then selling them on at a higher cost, or indeed businesses buying cheap tickets on routes they reguallry use and then passing them on to which ever employee needs them. Essentially it is a way of protecting their revenue streams. Hence the airlines that are firmest with this policy are the LCCs etc.

                                You need to check with the airline you book with because this is purely an airline issue. Some will accept a credit card witht he passengers name on, whereas some require photo ID, but usually a driving licence or similar phto ID is acceptable, again check with the airline.
                                Last edited by rdc1000; 1st October 2005, 22:19. Reason: more info added

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                                • airband1
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Jun 2004
                                  • 456

                                  #17
                                  Thanks guys for your replies i'll let her know but the reason I asked was I know years ago I don't think you needed a passport to fly domestic or could I be wrong?
                                  Jim Robertson

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