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TSA ID requirements for unaccompanied minors

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I have searched back threads for this, and haven't found anything since 2007, so ....

Has anyone had experience with unaccompanied minors going through security lately?

My nieces, ages 12 and 15, will be flying to see me, on Southwest Airlines. Technically, Southwest does not consider 12 and up to be an "unaccompanied minor," so the information they have is pretty minimal. I was told both children just need a copy of their birth certificates to show proof of age.

The TSA website is also of little use. It only talks about adult passengers and adults traveling with children, but not children traveling alone.

They are traveling in a couple weeks (Christmas), so there is not enough time to get either of them a passport or passport card, and in their home state both are too young for a drivers license/learner's permit or state ID card.

So .... Are birth certificate and boarding pass sufficient?


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