Washington D.C. — A reporter from DC was recently stopped by the TSA while attempting to travel through Orlando. When the reporter showed the TSA agent his DC drivers license, the agent thought that the “District of Columbia” was a foreign country.
The agent asked reporter Justin Gray for his passport because he was under the impression that Gray was an international traveler. The agent told Gray that he did not recognize the license or its country of origin.
After some arguing back and forth the agent must have realized his mistake and surprisingly he actually let Gray pass. When Gray was finally able to make it through security he asked to speak with a TSA supervisor, who he informed about the agent’s ignorance.
Just minutes after Gray tweeted about the incident he was contacted by a TSA spokesman who responded to the issue by saying that, “Officers are trained to identify fraudulent documents, which can potentially deter and detect individuals attempting to circumvent this layer of security.”
The spokesman also said that TSA agents will now be trained to recognize ID’s from Washington DC.
The TSA has been back in the news a good bit in recent months. Recently, they announced that they would be putting more fees on travelers to pay for the mandatory security screening processes, which they also announced will become even more extensive.
In other TSA news, it was recently reported that the TSA will be deploying teams of military police into train stations, subways and even music festivals.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.