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    Flew from Bristol Airport to Belfast International, and back from Belfast City to Bristol.

    On both occasions boarding pass stated photo ID was compulsory (even for domestic flights), however we were never asked to show photo ID on any leg of the journey.

    Has there been a policy change? Incidentally we had carry on luggage only.

    NorthernLass 7,930 posts

    Do they take your photo at both these airports when you go through security? I would imagine that would negate the need for photo ID at the boarding stage, and there are no immigration implications as it was a domestic flight. Regardless of policy, though, I would always take photo ID on a plane journey as you never know when any of the agencies operating in airports might decide they want to see it!

    SamG 1,667 posts

    airports like Heathrow have a challenge in that they allow transit passengers into the departures hall without passing immigration. So they need to take a photo of domestic passengers to ensure that the person that boards the flight is the same person who cleared security and that there hasn’t been a switch in depatures (that’d then allow that person to walk out of the domestic airport therefore bypassing immigration)

    Airports like Bristol without a transit route do not have this problem as all arriving passengers clear immigration (even if in transit/self transit) and so any photo ID checking would only be for commercial reasons by the airline involved if they wanted to ensure you hadn’t given/sold your ticket to someone else. No obligation to do check by any authority.

    Not familiar with Easyjet but BA only requires an ID if you check in a bag, carry on only they wouldn’t ask

    Michael C 674 posts

    Not familiar with Easyjet but BA only requires an ID if you check in a bag, carry on only they wouldn’t ask

    An Easyjet lady actually said to me a few weeks ago “Did you check a bag in? No? Then no need for photo ID”…

    Of course…I could have been fibbing!

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