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Lost my wallet, flying Monday... what can I do?

PowerpuppiesPowerpuppies drinking coffee in themountain cabinRegistered User regular
edited January 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
I lost my wallet last night at the Fiesta Bowl Block Party... somehow I don't think I will get it back. I live in Colorado, and all of my ID that I had with me in Arizona was in my wallet. It takes 30 days to get a new driver's license from Colorado, and I was supposed to fly back to Colorado on Monday. Any ideas for how I can get through airport security?

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    KakodaimonosKakodaimonos Code fondler Helping the 1% get richerRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Do you have any sort of ID on you?

    This has some good tips: What to Do if You Lose Your ID

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    Susan DelgadoSusan Delgado Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    There are ways to get through security without an ID... I've watched the TSA screws let a dude through before that had zero ID. I wish I could remember why or how they got around it though...So I know it's possible, I'll see if I can find out why exactly they allowed it.

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    PowerpuppiesPowerpuppies drinking coffee in the mountain cabinRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Do you have any sort of ID on you?

    This has some good tips: What to Do if You Lose Your ID

    None whatsoever. I guess I'll look up where the nearest police station is. There is a chance my neighbor will be able to ship my expired Arizona license to me, but I don't know if any Fedex or UPS places are open today.

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    HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    1) Report your wallet as lost / stolen to the police. This creates a paper trail that can be referenced if needed.

    2) Depending on your flight time on Monday, you may be able to go by the DoT and apply for both a replacement Driver's License and a Government Issued I.D. The I.D. should be easier to obtain. You'll need your Birth Certificate, Proof of Residence (a bill with your name and address) and possibly your Social Security Card (if not also in your wallet).

    If all else fails, you can bring the Birth Certificate, Proof of Residence, and SSC to the airport. If you explain the situation and are calm and reasonable, they may let you through with just that.

    If you're planning on travelling internationally, you're screwed without your Passport. And you won't get one within one day.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Call the airport immediately, there is probably some internal system they use for situations like this. My immediate thought is buying a new ticket with cash and then getting a refund of sorts on the old ticket.

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    DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    First, contact your credit card company, especially the one that you used to buy the tickets. I think they will be the best line for you to verify your identity.

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2011
    Improvolone is right. Call the airport. This is not the first time this has happened to somebody, and they'll be able to tell you exactly what you need to do.

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    DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Don't call the airport and don't buy new tickets. The TSA has a system set up to verify individuals who have ZERO indentification on them. Get there early, get to the checkpoint early, tell the agent, and it'll take an extra 15-20 minutes to get through screening. As long as you're not travelling international or are from a different country flying domestic you'll be fine.

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    DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    If all else fails, you can bring the Birth Certificate, Proof of Residence, and SSC to the airport. If you explain the situation and are calm and reasonable, they may let you through with just that.

    If you have two pieces of ID one gov't issued then you won't need the extra screening, though you'll probably get it anyways.

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    RaynagaRaynaga Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I had the same thing happen to me - airport told me to bring a photocopy of my driver's license (you can get one from your job's employee file for you) and another form of ID such as a SS card.

    Had no problems. This was maybe a year and a half ago.

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2011
    DaMoonRulz wrote: »
    Don't call the airport and don't buy new tickets. The TSA has a system set up to verify individuals who have ZERO indentification on them. Get there early, get to the checkpoint early, tell the agent, and it'll take an extra 15-20 minutes to get through screening. As long as you're not travelling international or are from a different country flying domestic you'll be fine.

    Why shouldn't he call the airport? If what you're saying is true, they'll just tell him that. If what you're saying is wrong, then he'll be shit out of luck if he shows up expecting a special process, and it's not available.

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    IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2011
    I've flown a few times without ID, before I had a drivers and my passport expired. Basically I gave myself alot of extra time because it was during the holidays, and would tell them at the bag check counter that I didn't have proper ID. They'd mark me for the extra screening and that would be that. That was like, 3 years ago.

    Just remember that while it should only take 15-20 minutes, I would give it an extra 40 to an hour. Personally, I would rather be sitting at a gate reading than wondering if they are going to process me on time for the flight. Plus having alot of time to work it out will give you less reason to stess.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    DaMoonRulz wrote: »
    Don't call the airport and don't buy new tickets. The TSA has a system set up to verify individuals who have ZERO indentification on them. Get there early, get to the checkpoint early, tell the agent, and it'll take an extra 15-20 minutes to get through screening. As long as you're not travelling international or are from a different country flying domestic you'll be fine.

    How is he supposed to pick up tickets he has already purchased without any ID?

    Calling the airport can't hurt and can only help. Suggesting he not call them at all is silly. When you (op) do call the airport, write down the name of everyone you speak to and what they tell you.

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    PowerpuppiesPowerpuppies drinking coffee in the mountain cabinRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Called the airport, they said shit happens, show up early, errything will be fine. Nobody was shipping today but my neighbor will scan and email my old expired ID on Monday, so at least I'll have a color copy. This can be locked I guess.

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    DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    DaMoonRulz wrote: »
    Don't call the airport and don't buy new tickets. The TSA has a system set up to verify individuals who have ZERO indentification on them. Get there early, get to the checkpoint early, tell the agent, and it'll take an extra 15-20 minutes to get through screening. As long as you're not travelling international or are from a different country flying domestic you'll be fine.

    Why shouldn't he call the airport? If what you're saying is true, they'll just tell him that. If what you're saying is wrong, then he'll be shit out of luck if he shows up expecting a special process, and it's not available.

    Because for one, the airport has nothing to do with whether or not he has his ID, and the airline will tell you the same thing I just told you. I worked for Allegiant Air and am currently working for Sun Country, I deal with this crap all the time.

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    DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    How is he supposed to pick up tickets he has already purchased without any ID?

    Just tell the agent your situation, and they'll print the tickets off for you. Dealing with lack of ID is the TSA's job, not the airline's.

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    Susan DelgadoSusan Delgado Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    As someone who actually works for an airport... not an airline, not TSA, the actual airport, when all else fails it is not a bad idea to call us, because guess what, we work with all of these other agencies and it's kind of our job to know who to direct you to if we can't help directly.

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2011
    DaMoonRulz wrote: »
    DaMoonRulz wrote: »
    Don't call the airport and don't buy new tickets. The TSA has a system set up to verify individuals who have ZERO indentification on them. Get there early, get to the checkpoint early, tell the agent, and it'll take an extra 15-20 minutes to get through screening. As long as you're not travelling international or are from a different country flying domestic you'll be fine.

    Why shouldn't he call the airport? If what you're saying is true, they'll just tell him that. If what you're saying is wrong, then he'll be shit out of luck if he shows up expecting a special process, and it's not available.

    Because for one, the airport has nothing to do with whether or not he has his ID, and the airline will tell you the same thing I just told you. I worked for Allegiant Air and am currently working for Sun Country, I deal with this crap all the time.

    So again, worst case scenario if he calls them is they tell him exactly what you're telling him here. Worst case scenario if he doesn't call is he can't get through security, can't get his tickets, can't catch his flight, and is out the cost of the tickets.

    Thankfully he's already called the airport, because you're giving some seriously bad advice here.

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    DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    By bad advice you mean telling him the rules? Go to the TSA's website, they'll tell you the same thing I just told him.

    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/acceptable_documents.shtm

    There. You need me to read it to you too?

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2011
    Funny, I don't see anywhere on that page where it says "Do not call the airport."

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    DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Passengers who do not or cannot present an acceptable ID will have to provide information to the Transportation Security Officer performing Travel Document Checking duties in order to verify their identity.

    When someone travelling domestic has no ID whatsoever, the TSA agent will take the passenger to the side and call up the TSA's main office which will ask the passenger questions to verify identity. They will ask the basic questions like DOB, Name, city of birth, mother's maiden name, and can even get as specific as "what's the name of the grocery store down the street from you?". All TSA checkpoints are required to be able to access the main office to verify identification.

    Although, the webpage doesn't say "Don't light your hair on fire", so you probably should, just in case. To be safe.

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    SpacemilkSpacemilk Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    This exact thing happened to a friend of mine last year during Mardi Gras. He woke up Sunday morning at 9 a.m. without his ID and needed to be at the airport to fly out by 11. He just went to the police station, filled out a report about his lost ID, kept a copy of the report and used it to get through security. Those are the only details I know; it could be that he didn't need the report at all and TSA had everything handled but it doesn't hurt to take precautions if you have the time. Also if your family can fax you copies of any forms of ID they may have, try that too. It certainly won't hurt to have that stuff.

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