Flying with newborn

Hi!! My daughter will be a month and a half next month and we will be flying to Michigan ! Does she need a passport to fly. For ID? I called the airline and the woman told me just her birth certificate and/or social security card. But I feel like she needs legit ID? Or am I wrong ..

  • Cameron
    Sep 24, 2018

    The TSA requires that only passengers who are 18 and over show a valid photo identification. If you are traveling with an infant in the U.S., you won't be required to show any ID for that infant. However, if you are traveling internationally, you will need a passport for your infant; the United States requires that all minors, regardless of age, present a passport when traveling by air internationally. https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

  • Anon
    Sep 24, 2018

    When I travelled to Chicago a few weeks ago, they didn’t ask for id for the baby. However, the only “problem” was that when we reserved the baby’s ticket on the phone, it was put under my husband’s name. So when I showed up at the airport myself with the baby (husband was going to meet us at gate), there was a slight issue when printing the tickets at the self check-in. Instead of printing just mine and the baby, I had to also print my husband’s cause I couldn’t print the baby without his. Know what I mean? ... Long story short, if you are traveling with a significant other, make sure the baby is under your name instead of theirs to make things easier!

  • Anon
    Sep 24, 2018

    Woops, forgot to add that I also brought the baby’s birth certificate from what I read online. But nobody asked to see anything.

  • Jenna
    Sep 24, 2018

    Hi daphne ! I can’t provide a ticket for my newborn since she is 1 month and will be sitting on my lap. I still have to get some kind of ticket for her ?

  • Jaclyn
    Sep 24, 2018

    My husband, son and I traveled to California a few weeks ago. When we checked in our flight out the person at the desk asked to see ID. When we flew home no one asked. Bring it just in case. Better to be safe than sorry.

  • Jenna
    Sep 24, 2018

    Thanks Jaclyn! Did you have to have any form of “ticket” for your son. Even if they just sit on your lap

  • Jaclyn
    Sep 24, 2018

    Yes, we flew southwest. They gave us a boarding pass for our son and he sat on my lap.

  • Jenna
    Sep 24, 2018

    How do I do that online with the airline ? Or do they only give you the boarding pass when you check in at the airport ?

  • Anon
    Sep 24, 2018

    Jenna: As long as you called the airline to put your baby’s name on the reservation, you can print the ticket at the airport (when you get your ticket too). I flew with a 7month baby on Delta and that’s how they did it.

  • Anon
    Sep 24, 2018

    Omg, I don’t know why I keep saying ticket, when it’s clearly confusing you! I mean the boarding pass! You can print the baby’s boarding pass at the airport! Haha

  • Jaclyn
    Sep 24, 2018

    What airline are you using?

  • Kristen
    Sep 24, 2018

    With my son I’ve flown with AA & SWz (Note: I didn’t buy a boarding pass/seat for him.) AA has never asked for anything. SW needs to see their name and date of birth on something to prove they are under the age of 2. Thankfully I had his shot records with me in his diaper bag. Safe travels.

  • Jenna
    Sep 24, 2018

    Ok I will call the airline tomorrow! I’m using United ! That’s a great idea, I’ll bring her shot record sheet also

  • Foufou
    Sep 24, 2018

    I just went to Hawaii and back with my 2 month old on United and didn’t need to provide anything. Once I did the check in there’s a little section under my man which says “add lap infant” and I entered my sons name. At the airport while checking in again I just left the lady know and she printed a ticket for my son in his name and that’s it. No show of ID of any sort. Even for my 2 and half year old I didn’t need to show ID either. I did have the birth certificate juuust in case lol.

  • Jenna
    Sep 24, 2018

    Foufou thanks so much! So I can add this on the app?

  • Samantha
    Sep 25, 2018

    Birth certificate but they never ask for it

  • Sysco
    Sep 28, 2018

    Me and my wife flew to NYC and back from Florida and at no point anyone asked for any ID for our two kids. I find this a little concerning because anyone could take a kidnap victim across the country easily and no one would even know or care! It should be changed. They should offer state IDs from age zero just like they do with passports and it should be REQUIRED to present before boarding any means of long distances transportation with a minor.

  • Angie
    Sep 29, 2018

    Nope, just the birth certificate if her social hasnt arrived yet. I took my two year old on a plane and they asked for nothing for her!

  • Anonymous
    Sep 30, 2018

    We fly a ton and only Southwest has ever asked for the birth certificate. But other airlines might, so bring a copy. That’s all you need. To make checking in faster, I always call the airline and put the lap baby’s name on my ticket so when we arrive we just have to print boarding passes. Otherwise when you check in they can add it, but sometimes you have to wait in line.