Last week I wrote a post detailing my frustration with getting airline agents to check my bags under the "media rate" that I am entitled to as a photographer or "film making crew." I decided to print my own media pass so that this will never be an issue again and today they arrived.
If you watched Episode 6 of our behind the scenes series with Mike Kelley you may remember me saying "I'm going to print out a media pass for every single one of these checked bags." And that's exactly what I did. I printed out eight different badges, four for Patrick and four for myself.
I used quickidcard.com and although they were quick, they aren't too good at printing. I couldn't figure out how to print a different sized ID card so I chose a template that looked bigger. I'm annoyed to say that the ID is the exact same size as a credit card. This makes it easy to carry but it doesn't look as official as larger vertical badges I've seen in the past. The printing itself is horrible. The high res jpg that I had uploaded has been down-scaled significantly to the point that some of the small text is completely illegible. To make things worse, the printing itself is very poor and you can see smeared ink or missing areas all over the badge.
I have no doubt that these badges will be sufficient but at this point I cannot suggest you print yours at quickidcard.com. Find another site, buy your own card printer, or simply laminate two pieces of photo paper together.
Although I do plan on flying a lot in the near future (I'm actually flying to NYC tomorrow), I don't plan on flying with a ton of gear for quite some time. For this reason it will probably be months until I can actually put these cards to the test. When that time does come, I'll happily write another post updating you on the experience.