I have a flight booking, and below is a section of the airline's reservation data:



However, my ID card's machine-readable code starts with I<SWE rather than P<SWE (P being used in passports).

Will my ID scan at check-in, or should I ask the airline for a correction (so the handling agent doesn't have to type it in manually)?

  • is there a chance you could do it online ? – Fattie Oct 1 '18 at 13:05
  • @Fattie Nope, it only asks for the document number, not type. – Crazydre Oct 1 '18 at 13:07
  • It can't hurt to ask, can it? The worst that can happen is that they say "no." – phoog Oct 1 '18 at 14:01
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    I'm not sure publishing the full MRZ info is wise... I would probably black out a few things... – jcaron Oct 1 '18 at 14:07
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    @Coke it may not be your MRZ, but it does (did) contain your ID number, birthdate, and full name. – phoog Oct 1 '18 at 21:16

The name, and date of birth matches. You should not be worried. It should scan without issues.

In the worst case, the agent will have to change document type manually.


I recently flew Birmingham UK to Amsterdam on KLM. I tried to use my Irish passport card at the self-service terminal to print my baggage tag. It told me to insert my passport or ID card though the picture only showed a passport being used. I tried a very large number of times in various orientations but none worked. I had to go to a manned desk where my card was happily accepted. I asked about the self-service terminal and was told that it did not work with cards.

I like the idea of travelling with just my card but this problem and the similar one at automated passport gates is a discouragement.

  • I wonder if those automated machines would happily work if you just use a laminated copy of your passports photo page... – JonathanReez Oct 6 '18 at 7:31
  • It's likely because the document type code of the passport card is IP, which the kiosk may not be programmed for. My ID (code I) works flawlessly at the KLM kiosk in Birmingham – Crazydre Oct 6 '18 at 8:16
  • @Coke Yes, your question prompted me to look at my documents. I plan to post a question on the subject. The MRI of my full size passports start P<GBR and P<IRL but my passport card uses a totally different format: IPIRL and the following data is arranged quite differently. So, this was my problem rather than that it was a card. The card scanned immediately without problems at the desk. If so, it is annoying that Ireland don't use I<IRL. I need a third nationality. – badjohn Oct 6 '18 at 8:34
  • @badjohn The "type" covers two characters, and the "country" space three characters, and different countries' IDs use them differently. For example, in Germany it's IDD<<, in France IDFRA and in Sweden I<SWE. All of these work, I've been told. It's rather the IP designation that's making life difficult for the kiosks, if I had to guess. – Crazydre Oct 6 '18 at 8:41
  • @Coke I added a new question on the format of the MRI. travel.stackexchange.com/questions/123445/… – badjohn Oct 6 '18 at 10:02

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