TSA and Children's Identification

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  1. FetePerfection
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    I'm traveling with my 5 year old grandson next week MSP to SEA, without his parents. What do I need in terms of identification or permission to take him with me. I know what's needed when leaving the country with a minor but what about state to state? TIA

    Btw, I used my AMX voucher and purchased two business class seats for the price of one. I'm sure I'll see a few eye-rolls when we take our seats but he's a very well-behaved kid and hopefully my cabin mates will not even remember he's there.
     
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    If anyone rolls their eyes, that's their problem. He's a revenue pax, he belongs where he is sitting.
     
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    Although it might be fun to let people think he's a SM Diamond and was upgraded!
     
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    As to ID, I don't know what they require- check with the airline to be sure. Nowadays they will need proof that he is with you legally.
     
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    http://www.tsa.gov/contact-us

    Up to you if you want some sort of health care proxy from the parents or not. Otherwise, you need nothing.

    -David
     
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    You shouldn't need anything at all. I've traveled with many minors and on domestic flights I have never needed any ID. Not a letter from the other parent nor any health statement. Even going international all I ever needed was the minor's passport.
     
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    You don't need anything that I know of but I would still have a signed letter from the parents just in case anyone questions anything. We all know folks make up rules so I would personally want at least something to show "officials" if requested.
     
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    You are saying the same thing I said. The health proxy was not for the flight. I thought that was obvious. :)

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    Certain international destinations (specifically, Mexico) require notarized consent for the minor to travel from the non-present parent even when the minor is traveling with one parent. This is not a TSA thing but rather based on the immigration requirements of the destination country and enforced during the airline's check-in document check procedure (since, as with visas, they don't want to have to fly you back if you lack proper documentation).

    It's an anti-non-custodial-kidnapping measure.
     
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    That is also the policy in Brasil.
     
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    I traveled with nieces and nephews several times. TSA would ask them what their name is to verify name on BP, but they needed no ID. I always had health care proxy and the child's insurance ID so that I could seek medical help if needed. We always traveled domestic US though.
     
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    But the OP was specifically asking about US domestic travel, MSP - SEA.


    " I know what's needed when leaving the country with a minor but what about state to state?"


    -David
     
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    Thanks for everyone's input. I've confirmed nothing's officially needed to travel with him, however, to be on the safe side I'm going to bring along a note from his parents. I appreciate your time and interest in my question.
     
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    I was really concerned since we had a few family flights planned and my then toddler had a habit of yelling out to 'let me go' and similar, I wondered what ID I'd need to show he actually belonged to me and that I wasn't a kidnapper. One trip was especially concerning as we were approaching the TSA checkpoint and he started...I was imagining the worst.
     
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    Quick update: made it to SEA and back with only one TSA person questioning my grandson as to his name, age and where he was headed. I know she thinks she's ferreting out potential kidnapping, but she really sounded ridiculous with her "style" of questioning. Otherwise, official ID or permission slips were not needed. Btw, we had a great time!
     
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