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February 9, 2016

Once Again, TSA Gives D.C. Resident Grief About License (Video)

Did you hear the one about the Transportation Safety Administration agent who didn’t realize the District of Columbia is part of the United States? No, really.

Although it appeared TSA Administrator John S. Pistole set the record straight in February on driver’s licenses issued in Washington, D.C. after a District resident ran into trouble flying out of Arizona, less than five months later the problem has reemerged.

WFTV Washington correspondent Justin Gray was stopped by an agent at the Orlando International Airport earlier this week who did not recognize Gray’s D.C. license as a valid form of identification. Gray said his license is legal and up-to-date, according to the station, but the TSA agent didn’t seem to know what the District of Columbia was and wanted to see a passport.

Eventually Gray was able to get through security. He stopped to complain to a TSA supervisor and tweeted about the problem. In response to the tweet, a TSA spokesman contacted Gray to confirm that a District of Columbia license is an acceptable form of ID. WFTV reports that the agency says all TSA agents in Orlando are now being shown copies of the D.C. license.

  • Talbot Milliken

    stupid is as stupid does

  • Melissa Montana

    Liberty is an adaptation to our own ignorance regarding much of the knowledge we make use of each day and the uncertainty associated with future events and circumstances.

  • Cam

    While liberty is not democracy, democratic methods can support liberty where they offer us input into the decisions that affect our liberty.

  • citizenw

    Technically, DC is not a part of the “United” “States”, since it is not a “State”, but a “minor in-lying territory”. Just as the British colonies were not actually a part of Great Britain. See the Declaratory Act of 1766 issued by the British Crown and Parliament.

  • Coffee Fiend

    Although the natural pecking order of a free country may appear callous, if we are to advance, then some must lead and the rest will follow.

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