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  • freckles 134 posts

    I’ve been following a thread on FT about this, and there is now new rules on the BA website to confirm photo ID must be carried on domestic flights – believed to be applicable from 1st September.

    https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/passports-visas-and-api

    You do not require a passport to travel within the UK, but you will need to carry one type of photographic ID when travelling with us. Examples include:

    Valid passport
    Valid driving license, either provisional or full
    Valid EU national identity card
    Valid armed forces identity card
    Valid police warrant card or badge
    Children under the age of 16 do not need to show identification when travelling on domestic flights. The adult they are travelling with must travel with photographic identification and be able to confirm their identity.

    Children aged 14 and 15 years who are flying alone will need to show identification when travelling on domestic flights.

    NorthernLass 6,718 posts

    I never travel without photo ID. There are so many instances where you might need it even if not to board your flight, e.g. we were even asked for it at hotel check-in at the T3 HIE a couple of months ago! Yes, it sits uncomfortably with Human Rights considerations but I’d rather not be delayed (or even detained) on a point of principle! Also, plenty of other countries don’t have an issue with it being a general requirement.

    AJA 1,027 posts

    I don’t even see the human rights considerations particularly when pertaining to air travel which is a privilege not a right. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to require to show photo ID to board a domestic flight. If you don’t want to do that, then take the train.

    I am also not opposed to national ID cards, having previously lived in a country where they were mandatory. My life was not harmed because if it.

    Our lives are tracked anyway by virtue of our use of mobile phones and credit cards. Holding and using loyalty cards gives away all sorts of rights to privacy and all sorts of data to the scheme provider.

    That said I do just put out the bare minimum necessary to partake of loyalty schemes. I am not fooled that anything is entirely for my benefit. There is always some ulterior motive behind anything.

    Andrew. 467 posts

    My days of domestic tier point runs for a friend are over.

    NorthernLass 6,718 posts

    @AJA, I was specifically talking about carrying ID when it’s NOT required, but there is a long-standing debate around the circumstances under which people should be obliged to identify themselves. Having previously been in an occupation where I was empowered to demand this on occasion it’s something you think about quite a lot. There are compelling arguments on both sides. Sometimes I am totally of the “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” persuasion, but then one day the security alarm activated as I was (innocently) leaving a store; a member of staff asked me to open my bag and the awkward side of me wanted to say, “Actually no – you have no power to stop or search me or ask me for my details, so what are you going to do about it?” So at best I’m conflicted!

    freckles 134 posts

    My days of domestic tier point runs for a friend are over.

    If that is a serious comment then neither you or your friend have my sympathy. Whilst it may not be illegal, it is IMO immoral and another example of how ‘playing the system’ by a minority brings unintended or unwanted consequences for the majority.

    Richie 872 posts

    My days of domestic tier point runs for a friend are over.

    If that is a serious comment then neither you or your friend have my sympathy. Whilst it may not be illegal, it is IMO immoral and another example of how ‘playing the system’ by a minority brings unintended or unwanted consequences for the majority.

    Please describe how you feel the majority are affected by this behaviour.

    JDB 4,133 posts

    My days of domestic tier point runs for a friend are over.

    If that is a serious comment then neither you or your friend have my sympathy. Whilst it may not be illegal, it is IMO immoral and another example of how ‘playing the system’ by a minority brings unintended or unwanted consequences for the majority.

    He has reported this before and got a surprising amount of opprobrium. Fraudulent impersonation to obtain money, goods, services etc. is an offence.

    silverfoxcc 3 posts

    i would imagine anyone over 60/65 will have a national free bus pass. Mine is issued by mt local council and has a photo on it… not passport regs .. but it is me!!

    Hogdiesel 18 posts

    This is so BA – I have no strong views as to whether they really need to enforce this policy, but the communication around it has been shockingly poor even by BA’s already pretty dismal standards.

    I flew from LGW to GLA on Saturday (so 26th August), and without any advance warning whatsoever, was told at the gate that I could not fly without ID. So a week before the badly communicated policy comes into place, they seemed prepared to prevent me boarding if I could not comply. Fortunately, I did have my driving licence with me.

    But what on earth are they thinking here? Change policy if you must, but do not spring it on customers as they are at the gate. Do you actually want customers to travel with you – I have increasing doubts whether Mr Doyle et al even care.

    John 968 posts

    This is so BA – I have no strong views as to whether they really need to enforce this policy, but the communication around it has been shockingly poor even by BA’s already pretty dismal standards.

    I flew from LGW to GLA on Saturday (so 26th August), and without any advance warning whatsoever, was told at the gate that I could not fly without ID. So a week before the badly communicated policy comes into place, they seemed prepared to prevent me boarding if I could not comply. Fortunately, I did have my driving licence with me.

    But what on earth are they thinking here? Change policy if you must, but do not spring it on customers as they are at the gate. Do you actually want customers to travel with you – I have increasing doubts whether Mr Doyle et al even care.

    Gatwick isn’t implementing the new policy, the biometrics haven’t been working since covid so they just use ID. But agree nowhere is this communicated

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