Why is it that some, but not all airlines operating internal flights within the United Kingdom are now demanding Photo ID before they will let you on board ?
None of this petty bureaucracy actually makes us any safer from terrorist attacks.
We would urge you to boycott any domestic airline carrier which is seeking to enforce such Soviet style or Apartheid internal travel documentation requirements for domestic travel within the United Kingdom.
Are they introducing this policy, which is contrary to the fundamental human right of freedom to travel, as part of Government policy, or have they taken it on themselves to erode our human rights ?
"All passengers must present valid photo identification at check-in for all flights.
The only acceptable forms of photo-ID on Ryanair flights are:
* A valid passport
* A valid National Identity Card issued by a European Economic Area (EEA) country (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK (plus Switzerland). Please note that not all EEA countries issue National Identity Cards.
* A valid driving licence with photo (is only acceptable on UK domestic flights and UK-Republic of Ireland-UK routes only)
N.B. Children under 16 years (including infants) travelling with an adult are required to have photo-ID when travelling on flights between European Economic Area (EEA) countries (excluding UK domestic flights and UK-Republic of Ireland-UK routes and German children under 10 using a valid Government issued Kinderausweis travel document). Acceptable photo-ID for children under 16 are: a valid passport or inclusion on the passport of the parent with whom they are travelling; or a valid National Identity Card issued by an EEA country. Only children under 16 travelling with an adult on UK domestic flights or UK-Republic of Ireland-UK routes may travel without photo-ID.
Expired forms of photo-ID will not be accepted for any flight. Failure to present valid photo-ID matching the names on your reservation will result in your being refused check-in without refund."
"The airline requires all passengers to provide photographic ID at check-in on all flights including domestic services.
Acceptable forms of ID on UK domestic flights are:
A valid passport - an expired passport can be used up to a maximum of two years after expiry
Valid photographic EU or Swiss national identity card
Valid photographic driving licence
Valid armed forces identity card
Valid police warrant card/badge
Valid airport employees security identity pass
A child on parent' s passport is an acceptable form of ID
Valid photographic firearm certificate
Valid Government-issued identity card
Electoral identity card
Acceptable form of non-photographic ID:
Note that none of these Photo ID documents can actually be checked properely for authenticity by the airline booking staff. Who eaxactly is familiar with, and has online access to, for example, the Pension Books of citizens from each of the 25 European Union countries ?
Astonishingly, the credit card with which you have paid for your flight, is not, considered to be sufficient ID !
Some petty jobsworths at BMI seem to be demanding to see photo ID, even when BMI's Terms and Conditions clearly state that Photo ID is not required for domestic flights:
"For travel within the UK (including Belfast) there is no requirement to carry photographic ID. For international flights, each passenger must be able to present a passport and passengers travelling to Dublin or Cork must now provide either a passport or another type of photographic identification. Failure to provide the appropriate ID at check-in will render the passenger unacceptable for travel."
N.B. there is supposed to be Passport free freedom of travel between the Irish Republic and the United Kingdom.
You expect this kind of bureacratic travel madness in the USA, as illustrated by John Gilmore's experiences and law suits c.f. freetotravel.org, but now it seems to have spread to the United Kingdom.