While on a flight from Orlando, a Washington reporter had his D.C. driver’s license rejected by TSA agents because they thought it was from a foreign country.
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The agent told baffled traveler, Justin Gray, they had “never heard of the District of Columbia” and demanded a passport for Gray to get past security.
After some arguing, the TSA agent yielded and let Gray pass with his D.C. ID. Luckily, Gray was able to board his flight, but not before letting the TSA supervisor know that their employees did not recognize the name of the nation’s capital.
Gray later tweeted his experience with the Orlando TSA and was quickly contacted by a TSA spokesman who responded by saying “officers are trained to identify fraudulent documents, which can potentially deter and detect individuals attempting to circumvent this layer of security.”
According to Gray, TSA officials told him that in response to the incident every TSA agent in Orlando was shown a picture of a D.C. license.
Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. Last February a woman traveling from Phoenix was held up at security when a TSA agent refused her D.C. license, saying they needed a “state-issued photo ID” not an ID from a federal district.