It’s Not Just a Driver’s License Anymore
The National Association of Court Security Officers, Vol. 1, No. 1 (July 2004), pp. 16-19
Posted: 5 Oct 2012
Date Written: July 1, 2004
Every time a Transportation Security Administration, (TSA) agent closely examines my driver’s license, I have a hard time not making one of those wisecracks that gets you into trouble. The reason? I know that driver’s licenses as a means of identification are a joke. Fake ones can still be ordered on the Internet or purchased for about $60 in many cities, and real ones can be obtained fraudulently.
The joke becomes a lot less funny when one recalls that several of the 9/11 hijackers used phony documents to acquire driver‘s licenses, which they used to obtain credit cards, enroll in flight school and purchase airplane tickets. Yet little has been done since then to make driver’s licenses more reliable, despite the fact that they are by far the most commonly used means of identification in the United States -- not just for travel, but also for entering most public building and numerous private ones. As a result, the “no fly” and “selectee” watch lists (used by the TSA to identify passengers who pose threats to airline safety), as well as other security-related databases, are at least partially blinded.
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