Justin Gray, a reporter for Orlando’s Channel 9 news, was traveling from Orlando to Washington, D.C. when he was stopped at gate security by a TSA agent who wanted another form of ID other than his D.C. one. Channel 9 reports:
Gray, who lives in Washington, D.C., was flying out of Orlando International Airport when a TSA agent said Gray’s District of Columbia driver’s license wasn’t a valid form of identification. Gray said his license is legal and up-to-date, but the TSA agent didn’t seem to know what the District of Columbia was when Gray arrived at the security checkpoint over the weekend.
Gray eventually got through, and then inquired with a TSA head officer how often such issues happen. The officer declined to comment, but Reddit had plenty to say:
Columbia/Colombia. Same thing right? Better check him for cocaine in either case. — TowerTrash
That’s the Toilet Safety Administration for ya. — nothingbutcontempt
Gray has since filed a “free of information” request against the TSA to find out how often things like this happen.
Oddly enough, this happened last week in Vermont too at a liquor store.