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  • normanna 28 posts


    I was flying domestic from LHR to Edi yesterday at Gate A1. A BA person was checking BP at the gate line before getting through to the BP scanner. She asked for my passport too and everyone else’s said the scanners and said the scanners were not fully working so couldn’t scan passports. I had to do a bit of rummaging at the gate and when I showed her them I tried to find out why I needed to show my passport now and all she said was this rule changed about 2 weeks ago and wouldn’t elaborate. Can anyone please advise if it is ID we have to show now as a matter of course and not passports? Thanks

    SamG 1,686 posts

    Very long thread about it here, the policy has indeed changed. ID though, doesn’t have to be a passport

    normanna 28 posts

    Thanks. Have been out of the country for a month and hadn’t heard anything about it. Hadn’t received any notification from BA either which is pretty standard practice for them!

    Super Secret Stuff 365 posts

    I had a very strange experience a couple weeks back at MAN on easyJet. Had to go through a passport style e gate with ID before I could even get to the gate

    I think a policy in a gov department somewhere for domestic flights might have changed, I’m not sure, didn’t see any news articles when I searched

    Paul 144 posts

    They should be asking for photo ID not a passport. There is absolutely no requirement to carry a passport on a domestic flight

    NorthernLass 8,274 posts

    I think BA’s policy is actually photo ID, not necessarily a passport, however airlines can adopt whatever policies they choose – Ryanair requires a passport or national ID card for all flights, e.g. within the CTA where it’s not a legal requirement.

    BBbetter 779 posts

    Ryanair will insist on passport.

    NorthernLass 8,274 posts

    Their website says national ID card is acceptable – I assume this never comes up in the UK as we don’t have them here, much to the bemusement of other European nations.

    AJA 1,121 posts
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