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I will be flying to NYC in August with my two kids, ages 10 and 13. What kind of documentation will we need

Hi Neal,

Special documents for flying to New York City? Fuggedaboutit!

That is, you’re in luck: as an adult traveling within the U.S., you’ll only need one of the TSA’s acceptable documents to check in and board, and that includes a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID. And since both children are under 18 and are traveling with an adult, they won’t need to show any ID at all.

For reference, when flying internationally, every person—even newborns—must have a valid passport. And domestically, when a child under 18 is traveling alone, he or she should carry a form of ID, though exact requirements vary by airline. (Continental Airlines, for example, requires children between the ages of 15 and 17 to carry a library card, social security card, school ID, or similar.) The person designated to pick up the child at his or her destination should arrive with a photo ID as well.

It is, of course, always a good idea to consult your airline’s specific policies regarding minors, but your trip to New York should be blissfully document-free.

Have a wonderful family trip!



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