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  • Customs passport maiden name. Prescription in married name
    Apr 20, 2015
    Do I have to declare antibiotic medicine? Traveling with maiden name passport and ticket, but my prescription has my married name. Will this be an issue ?


    They generally do not inspect prescription medication in the bottles. You do not have to declare prescription medication.


  • security
    Apr 16, 2015
    I am flying into terminal 3 and then flying out again in terminal 5. I will not have any checked bags to pick up. Do I have to go through security again in terminal 5 if I just have a carry-on?


    What airport?


    Chicago O'Hare


    Yes, you will have to go through security in Terminal 5.


    Thank you!


  • Security check in
    Apr 13, 2015
    I am 77 years old, traveling from Ontario CA to B'ham Al. If I wear western boots do I have to remove them at security check in?? I've heard it isn't required after age 65.


    Yes, people of your age do not have to remove their shoes to go through security.


  • Identification
    Apr 13, 2015
    I am 18 I am going to travel from Florida to Dallas. I have my birth, social, and picture school id. Is that enough to allow me to fly back home?


    That should be enough.


  • boarding pass on phone
    Apr 12, 2015
    Does southwest except phone boarding pass?


    No, they do not. You can check in online on your phone but you need to print a paper boarding pass either at home or at the airport.


  • Counting as ID
    Mar 30, 2015
    I very recently turned 18 and and flying out in just five days. I haven't gotten my ID in the mail yet and it doesn't look promising that it will arrive before Friday, so I was looking for other forms of identification that could count. Would a Social Security Number card or Birth Certificate work? If not, is there anything I can use for flying ID?


    If you have a passport, use that. If you don't have a passport, use as many forms of identification as you have, including at least one form that has a picture (such as a student ID or employer ID).


  • No Photo ID
    Mar 27, 2015
    I'm over the age of 18 but I don't have my drivers license yet. I have my learners permit but it doesn't have a photo on it. Will I still be able to board a flight from Washington to Alabama?


    No. You will need to go to the correct office in your state and get a State ID before your trip.


  • Id
    Mar 18, 2015
    I was told by an airline manager that since my id has my maiden name and not my now married name I would be ok with taking my credit card and ss that displays my now married name. can Someone verify this for me so tomorrow on my early flight I'm not going to be surprised. Thanks!


    Yes, that should be fine.


  • security check
    Mar 15, 2015
    My flight is JetBlue 76 arrive JFK at Terminal 4 on 12:59pm. My next flight to Hong Kong (international) will be departure at Terminal 7 on 14:50. I will carry my bag on flight so I do not have baggage claim. Is that mean I can go straight ahead when land and take air train to the Terminal 7 and do security check only?


    Yes, you will have to get your Cathay boarding pass, but yes, if your JetBlue flight is domestic you can proceed directly to the airtrain and T7.


  • Not legal in US?
    Mar 13, 2015
    My friend isn't legal in the US, but he's lived here over 10 years. Could he still fly inside the US (with only his Mexican or Canadian passport) or would it complicate things with immigration?


    Yes, he could fly within the US. For domestic flights the only information the airline will receive are his name and date of birth. That data is transmitted to homeland security but I have never heard of someone getting deported by flying a domestic flight. Note that his Mexican or Canadian passport must be current though.


  • 12 year old flying by hiself
    Mar 13, 2015
    My son is 12 and hes flying by hiself does he need his birth certificate to get threw sercurity ?


    No, he is not required to carry anything, but is encouraged to carry some form of identification.


  • Carrying ashes
    Mar 11, 2015
    I am travelling from Hong Kong to Newark and then making a connecting flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia carrying ashes. Are there any specific requirements I need in Newark?


    The TSA has a page about that -


  • Carrying ashes
    Mar 10, 2015
    I am flying into Newark from Hong Kong with United Airlines and then making a connecting flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Will I have to go through security at e Newark airport again?


    Yes, in Newark you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bag at the transfer desk, then go through security. When you get to Halifax you will go through Canadian Immigration and customs.


  • name on passport
    Mar 1, 2015
    Must the name on my passport match exactly the name on my airline ticket. For example, my passport has my middle name which I do not use when making reservations.


    That is fine.


  • Transit through Canadian Airports
    Feb 9, 2015
    We are travelling DUB to YYZ to YYC to PDX. Will we clear CBP in YYZ? Where will be clear US Immigration? We have 2.5hrs layover in YYZ and 1 hour in YYC. One traveller is US Citizen, the other is US Permanent Resident. Are there any special requirements for CPB for the Permanent Resident? Are you aware of requirements for Perm Res to have passport expiring more than 6 months in future for CBP? Thank you!


    Yes, you will clear Canadian immigration in Toronto. You will pre-clear US Immigration in Calgary. As far as I can tell there are no special requirements for a permanent resident to re-enter the US other than that they have to carry their green card with them -


    Canada Air sold us the itinerary, but 1 hr doesn't seem like much time to change gates and pre-clear US Immigration in Calgary. Anyone have experience with the pre-clearing process in Canadian airports? thanks again...


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