Real ID – October 1, 2020

Real ID – October 1, 2020

If you have flown recently you may have noticed signs presented at the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) checkpoint informing travelers of upcoming changes to the ID requirements when flying. It is important to know what these new requirements mean for you and how they may affect your upcoming air travel.  Here’s what passengers need to know about the new Real ID.


Beginning October 1, 2020, it will be mandatory that air travelers flying within the United States present a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of identification such as a passport or military ID. The same will apply to anyone who wants to enter a federal facility or military base. By the time this is implemented in 2020, all states will be required to comply with the new standard. While some states began issuing compliant licenses a few years ago, others have just begun, so you will want to check your ID before flying without a passport. It is also important to note that the Real ID is not a replacement for a passport. Passengers who are flying internationally will still need to present a passport at the TSA checkpoint.

What Is Real ID and Why is it Required?

The Real ID Act, which was created as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was passed by Congress in 2005; it will be fully enforced across all 50 states beginning October 2020. The security requirements of the Real ID Act will enhance and improve commercial aviation security by prohibiting federal agencies from accepting licenses and identification cards from those that do not meet these standards. Anyone entering a federal facility (including airports) must present a REAL ID or another acceptable form of identification. The technology that the identification cards present are an additional level of security that is harder for forgers to replicate.

How will I know if my ID meets the standards? – Check for the star!

If you’re worried that your identification may not be REAL ID compliant, check for the star located in the upper portion of the card. West Virginia’s compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards have a small gold star in the upper right corner.

To get the REAL ID gold star, West Virginia residents will have to appear at their local DMV in person with the required documents. There is a ten-dollar surcharge in addition to standard fees to get the new license. A standard license without the gold star will not be a valid option to enter the TSA checkpoint after October 1, 2020.

To find more information on how to obtain a Real ID-compliant driver’s license in West Virginia, you can visit the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website.

If you find that you still have questions concerning the new ID requirements you can contact us by phone or send an email to

Remember to #FlyCRW!

Yeager Airport Back to School Coloring Contest

Download the official entry form here: CRW_Back to School Coloring Contest_2019


To enter, print out, or pick up the official Yeager Airport Back to School Coloring Page and color it using any medium you’d like. Entries can be mailed to YEAGER AIRPORT, ATTN: Coloring Contest, 100 Airport Road, Suite 175, Charleston, West Virginia 25311. Entries may also be dropped off at the Airport (look for the “Coloring Contest Entries” box in the Observation Deck area).


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest is open to all children through age 10. Contest entry begins on September 1, 2019, at 12:01 AM EST, and ends September 30, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST. Full Contest Rules on back of entry form.


Steel Frame and Solar Panels Delivered to Yeager Airport

Steel Frame and Solar Panels Delivered to Yeager Airport

The steel framework and solar panels have been delivered to Charleston’s Yeager Airport.

A crane has been placed in the temporarily closed 20 Minute Lot to hoist the materials to the roof of the parking garage.

Airport officials would like to remind passengers and guests of the Airport that the 20 Minute Lot is closed. There is free parking available in the Short Term Lot, and rideshare pick-up is now located outside of the rental car garage.

Please use caution while driving in front of the terminal building. Passengers should allow for a few extra minutes when arriving at the Airport, as there may be residual traffic delays.

Steel Frame and Solar Panels Delivered to Yeager Airport

Yeager Airport to Begin Installation of Solar Panels

Charleston’s Yeager Airport is preparing for the final installation of more than 1,800 solar modules on top of one of the Airport’s parking garages.

“This solar project will be a noteworthy and visible highlight of our ongoing commitment to sustainability. It will provide environmental benefits to the region and financial savings to Yeager Airport,” said Yeager Airport’s Director, Terry Sayre. The solar farm will generate enough power to supply both parking garages. Solar energy produced by the panels will also be used at the airport to help cut the overall electricity bill. The solar panels produce enough electricity to power up to 70 homes.

Parking at Yeager Airport will be affected during this time. The 20-Minute courtesy waiting lot will be closed during the installation. While the lot is closed, there will be free, 20-minute parking available in the short-term lot for visitor’s convenience. Rideshare passengers will meet their Uber or Lyft in the parking spaces to the right of the terminal building, in front of the rental car garage.

President of the Kanawha County Commission, Kent Carper, said: “We are thrilled to help flip the switch on this solar array.” The Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority Board would like to thank Senators Manchin and Capito, as well as the Kanawha County Commission for their assistance in obtaining funding for this project.

Yeager Airport will post updated project and parking information on this page, and on social media accounts—be sure to follow @flyCRW.

DID YOU KNOW? Airlines Offer Group Discounts

Traveling in a group? Big family? You could be in luck when it comes to discounted airfare.

Several of Yeager Airport’s airlines offer travelers who have more than a certain number of people discounts and other perks! These types of fares can be especially appealing when planning a group getaway or family vacation.

And, when Airlines see extra traffic flying in or out of our Airport, they will sometimes put bigger planes on the route, or ADD an additional flight!

Here’s how group fares and benefits break down for each of our carriers:



Leaving together? Group Block fares areavailable for groups of 10 or more traveling to and from the same place, and

  • Can be booked up to 11 months in advance to American Airlines and oneworld®destinations
  • 1 free name change per ticket up to 48 hours before to departure
  • No minimum stay required


Delta Group Specialists are ready to show you why flying with a group is the way to go. Delta Group Specialists customize Delta flight itineraries for groups of 10 or more passengers traveling on the same flight. You get the advantage of competitive fares, flexible ticketing options and dedicated support in booking your group’s travel.



Groups of ten or more enjoy special pricing and special service when traveling on United Airlines. If you have ten or more people traveling on a common flight to a common destination, take advantage of a guaranteed fare when traveling on United Airlines.

Along with saving money by traveling on United Airlines, your group will enjoy these United Groups features:

  • A group coordinator to assist the group at the airport (Group coordinators are not available at all airport locations.)
  • Priority check-in
  • A guaranteed fare for the group

For a competitive quote on your group’s travel needs, complete their online bid request form You’ll receive a response via email within two business days. All quotes are subject to availability at the time of booking. Information on confirming your reservation and guaranteeing your price will be provided with the quote. You may also contact United Groups at 1-800-426-1122 to obtain a quote. If you are outside the U.S. and Canada, please contact your local United Customer Contact Center.

Looking for something a little more exclusive (and luxurious) for your large group or special trip?

Capital Jet Center at CRW is happy to quote and arrange all of the details of a private flight for you! And, there is nothing like skipping security and a signature, warm chocolate chip cookie to start off your vacation! Contact Capital Jet Center at 304-346-9977 for more information.


UPGRADEDPOINTS.COM: The Ultimate Guide to Air Travel with a Disability

UPGRADEDPOINTS.COM: The Ultimate Guide to Air Travel with a Disability

Traveling by plane is one of the safest and fastest ways to get to your destination. But crowded airports, long waits at security checkpoints and baggage restrictions can make flying challenging when you have a disability.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), 25.5 million Americans, age 5 and older, have self-reported travel-limiting disabilities. Unfortunately, information on how to travel with a disability can be hard to find.

To help streamline this information, here’s an in-depth guide to help you better navigate airports and flights while traveling with a disability. This guide also includes many tips and tricks to make flying a more enjoyable process.

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Air Travel with a Disability



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