Do You Have to Show ID When Traveling Domestic?

Hi there

I've had to change my domestic flight with Jetstar, but it was cheaper to buy a whole new ticket.
My question is. Can I let my friend take my old flight, without having to change the name? Will he have to show ID?

Edit: there is no checked in luggage, so he'd check-in online



    Last i flew to townsville from sydney i was asked for id. So was my sister.

  • +3 votes

    Do about 5-10 trips a year. never asked for ID except when going through international terminal


    I've only been asked for ID when I've checked in at the desk.


    I've never been asked unless checking in at the desk

  • +4 votes

    The AFP has been recommending mandatory ID checks for domestic flights for years and of course just last week. It has been suggested that the issue will be looked at more seriously after the Department of Home Affairs is up and running.

    However, you never know if an AFP operation will take place the day your friend travels. Since the legislation came into effect in late 2012 many people have been charged, but usually when another offense has occurred or there is reasonable grounds for suspicion (e.g. The AFP might lack powers at present to demand a spot check without reasonable grounds for suspicion but they could simply supervise a check-in terminal that's been asked to verify all IDs.

    By the time your friend flies it might become mandatory.

    It's up to your friend to deduce the implications from a phrase such as "I drive on Anzac Parade 100 times a year and have never been breath-tested".

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    The only way he'd get into trouble is if someone compares the name on the ID to the one on the boarding pass.

    Even if there's an AFP operation I doubt they would do that. Furthermore, nowadays, if you check-in on mobile you only get a QR code to scan at the gate, with bearly any text around it.
    However, in the US, TSA has QR code readers and to get names off boarding passes and they compare with photo ID.

    I also remember reading about how this guy edited the PDF boarding pass to have his name as a backup. (Think this was for Eurostar). The reasoning was that security looks at the ID, but they don't look at the boarding pass, even if they do, and they don't have the access to the booking system to validate names. Eurostar staff are given the actual boarding pass and they never look at IDs.

    I've never been asked for ID when flying domestically in AUS anyway.

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    Up until a few weeks ago, flying without checked in bags and doing 'online' checkin and/or checking at a kiosk. I would have said you would be fine.

    BUT after the recent 'bomb' issue at syd domestic that went wrong, all that has changed and I wouldn't risk it. You may get there ok, but not back or you might end up not getting there at all and spending a few hours talking to some lovely people in a tiny room.


    My question is. Can I let my friend take my old flight, without having to change the name? Will he have to show ID?

    will your friend be travelling with you? if he is, then that may complicate your situation.

    the privacy act 1988 allows an entity a certain level of anonymity or use pseudonyms when dealing with other entities. your friend may use alias in australia, but using it to board a flight may be against the airline's t&c.


    Not usually but given the security breaches recently I wish they would. It'd be so easy to implement as well…