Aren’t the TSA Trained in I.D. Identification?

If someone told me this story, I’d have a hard time believing it myself.

I was flying out of State recently and in accordance with regulations, I brought a Government issued I.D. card with me to get through the security checkpoint.

The TSA agent looked at my Department of Criminal Justice Services I.D. and asked if I had any other I.D. such as a passport. I replied that I did not and that I did not need a passport to fly to Florida. I assured him that my goverment I.D. was sufficient.

Apparently he was not impressed by the Govt. issued security I.D. stating my credentials. He told me to step back and let the other people through. He was then joined by a female TSA officer. He whispered something to her about my I.D. and they called for a supervisor.

I was about to tell the supervisor that Goverment issued I.D.s were acceptable forms of I.D., but thankfully he already knew that. He told them to let me proceed.

Are you feeling safe yet?

And the award for Best Comedy goes to…..the T.S.A.!

If it wasn’t so serious, it would really be funny. Man goes through full TSA security check at Reagan National Airport. Man later realizes he brought his gun with him. Man voluntarily goes back to TSA with gun.

According to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority spokesman, Rob Yingling, the gun was taken from Mr.Gregory Hinkle and he was given a misdemeanor summons. Mr. Yingling went on to declare: “We don’t allow any dangerous weapons in the terminal”. Aren’t guns considered dangerous?

Mr. Yingling may have a serious job but he is not afraid to let his silly side shine through. He continued – “the agency has a very high success rate in detecting firearms.” One wonders what Mr. Yingling considers “very high.”

It would be very interesting to check the end of year stats. I wonder if Mr. Hinkle voluntarily giving up his weapon will be subsequently recorded as a “detection” by the TSA?

HOV lane inside the Airport for 65,000

Amusement parks do it, so why can’t airports? Scare people? No, allow them to pay a few dollars more to go to the head of the line. The company who is introducing the program to Washington Dulles and Reagan National airports in the Spring, is called “Verified Identity Pass” of New York.

Travelers who wish to speed their way through the airport experience (and who wouldn’t), pay a yearly fee of $128.00 and allow an image of their eyes and fingerprints to be sent to the TSA for a background check. Once the travelers arrive at the airport, they have their fingerprints or eyes scanned and use a “Clear” lane with a shorter security wait.

Airlines are coming out against the new procedure as they feel that it competes with the shorter security lines that they provide for their premium passengers. Perhaps they are afraid that those customers who are paying more than ten times for those premium tickets might think about the savings to be had on a minimal yearly fee.

They probably should not worry. Those people who have the finances to fly business and first class all the time, are probably past the point of no return. Once you get used to the front of the plane, it’s hard to go back with the rest of the sardines.