Member since 23 Jul 2015
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ID required for domestic flight in Aus?
Air New Zealand - NZ*E
Member since 17 May 2015
Total posts 41
While it may not be specially asked for it is always wise to travel with ID these days. Online and e-tickets mean it's very seldom asked for - but if the system goes down and they need to do a manual checkin you are most likely be asked for ID. I have also seen some spot checks too.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards - Platinum
Member since 18 Jun 2015
Total posts 33
I find that when I use mobile check in and have no bags with me I rarely (if ever) have to present it, but if I have bags they ask for ID every time. Usually my velocity card suffices.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 385
One area that ID is definitely required is when you are travelling on a domestic sector of an international flight, when it departs from an international terminal. An example of this might be along the lines of a MEL-CNS sector of a MEL-CNS-TYO service.
QF/JQ has previously operated a number of these types of flights over the years (ex BNE, ex SYD, ex MEL etc) due to international equipment being used on Domestic sectors. Usually departure involved a boarding pass with a large 'D' prominently displayed and issued at the international terminal to facilitate 'easy access/exit' through Customs/Immigration when the passenger was only flying on the domestic sector..
Right now, there are very few of these services available but this can change with route/equipment changes.
Member since 12 Apr 2013
Total posts 870
When your destination is overseas and first leg is domestic (MEL-SYD for example) then you will be asked not just ID, but passport at first airport (MEL in my example) at checkin even if you flying “true” domestic flight. You have to have two separate booking to slip ID check, though I have no idea why anyone will object ID checking at airport.
Thanks everyone for your responses,
For domestic can non-photo id surfice, or must it be a passport/driverslicense ?
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,118
You haven't mentioned which airline you're travelling with, but a quick Google of "Qantas identification" returns the following page with a bullet point list of what you can use: http://www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/travel-documents/global/en
I have been told an Australian government issued card (such as Medicare) which has no photo on it is permitted.
Driver license is the best bet. Otherwise any photo ID will do for sure.
Member since 28 Feb 2014
Total posts 130
I've always been asked for ID on VA flights out of regional airports (e.g. Rockhampton) , but never with QF.
Member since 02 Jan 2013
Total posts 66
Ive never been ID'd using VA/QF/TT out of Sydney when not having to check in anything using the automated kiosks but have always been ID'd when checking in luggage.
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 431
On a side note, esp if your travel entail hotel stays, some Aust hotels are starting to now follow the Singapore system, where they will ask for photo id to check in.
Not all, but some. Ibis Sydney Airport ask for it, but Ibis Budget Sydney Airport don't.
If you have a drivers licence, that will suffice, if not, a passport.
Member since 24 Apr 2014
Total posts 13
I have travelled between Perth and Sydney in both ways on Qantas and used mobile check in while using the self serve bag drop and not once have I been asked to provide any form of ID, nor was a frequent flyer account attacheted to the ticket but as the above comment suggest, a spot check may occur and a drivers liscene, which is normally in your wallet anyway should be enough.
Considering global security though at this point in time, is this wise??
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 271
If you present at the check in counter they will ask for ID as you have not had to produce any booking info which you would need to use the kiosk and bag drop or online if travelling without bags. One to watch out for is that even when flying with a child you technically should have ID for the child as well if using the check in counter, Medicare card or health insurance card will suffice.
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