It turns out

It turns out that the government requirement for airline passengers to show an ID may not exist.

Airlines began requiring IDs as a way of preventing tickets from being resold, in order to maintain their pricing structure.

They are now required to request identification, but it isn’t clear that any rules forbid transporting a passenger who refuses to identify himself or herself.

One procedure which has been used — but not verified vis a vis a federal rule — is to search any passenger unwilling to show ID.

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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