TSA Agent Didn’t Know District of Columbia Was in The USA

PhilHaney by PhilHaney on Jul. 16, 2014

A TSA agent in Florida asked an American citizen for his passport after failing to realize that The District of Columbia was part of the United States.

As some of you might recall from grade school, the USA is comprised of 50 states and a federal district; Washington, D.C – The District of Columbia. But when reporter Justin Gray was flying out of Orlando to his home in D.C., a TSA agent refused to accept his D.C driver’s license as a valid form of identification. After the initial confusion,Gray slowly realized that the agent didn’t know the District of Columbia part of the United States.

 

Does everyone from D.C. have this problem, or is this TSA agent a dumbass?

I’ve had this kind of thing happen to me personally. You see, I was born on February 29th; Leap Year Day. It's a day that only comes once every four years, just like The Olympics, The World Cup and Hugh Hefner (zing!).

She Comes From The District of Niiiiiice.

As someone born on Leap Year Day, I have had my valid driver’s license bent, torn and threatened with confiscation by meat-head bouncers on more than one occasion. In these instances, I’ve had to plead for them to give back my un-fake license, all because the Nobel Prize winner at the door “knew for sure” that “February only has 28 days. However, this usually takes place at some crappy watering hole, not at a checkpoint run by agents of the Transportation Security Administration. This is the same government agency on the lookout for terrorists and weapons at the airport.

"We have ways of dealing with invalid identification."

OK, so maybe there aren’t that many District of Columbia residents flying through Orlando. According to Wikipedia, D.C has a population of 646,449. Comparatively, that’s not a lot of drivers licenses to potentially come in contact with.  However, when I was in high school, I worked as a cashier, and as most cashiers know, every once in a while you get a $2 dollar bill or a Susan B. Anthony $1 coin. It was rare, but I knew they exist! I didn’t accuse customers of trying to give me “Monopoly Money” (unless I ran into that damn bouncer).

The good news is that since the reporter tweeted his TSA fail experience, the agency has promised to show all of its agents in Orlando a copy of the District of Columbia driver’s license.

What do you think? Epic TSA fail or understandable goof?

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44 comments
Ken-Smith-183
Ken-Smith-183 User

Wasn't this the same airport where a TSA supervisor -- an import with a strong Spanish accent -- was caught stealing commuters' electronics and was finally tracked-down by an investigative reporter who used an iPad's software to pinpoint its location -- in his expensive house? This was all shown on-air, especially when he first tried to place the blame on his non-English-speaking wife before finally admitting to the theft after being caught red-handed.

Tyler Eaton
Tyler Eaton

You guys think you're all smart. I guarantee there's shit you guys don't know that you would feel stupid about if someone asked you something about it. If you cant build a time machine you stupid...so we all stupid I guess.

Anne Reeves Todd
Anne Reeves Todd

If it was Vancouver Wa vs Vancouver CA I might understand, maaaaaybe. Few hours apart but stupid them for not realizing it was another country.

Rob Julian
Rob Julian

In Seattle years back. The TSA got a tip about a test. The time date what to look for everything. They still failed it. The TSA is a joke.

Carol Lafon
Carol Lafon

I meant worked not worried. Auto correct, I'm sure I'll get razzed for the misspellings! Lol

Carol Lafon
Carol Lafon

Justin Dobish,you are exactly right. I worked for TSA for almost 10 years. There are a lot of decent people work there but there are definitely some wanna be cops and downright idiots. Some people don't realize that there are a lot of immigrants that work for TSA. I personally worried with Russians,Middle Eastern, Italian etc.,maybe this person wasn't as informed as most,but if he didn't know if it was fake at least they slowed down and checked it out. TSA will All always be a scapegoat for people to make fun of them but it's not usually the actual screeners,it the whole top crapping down on their heads making most of the less intelligent one crazy and the intelligent ones have to deal with the crazies.

Justin Dobish
Justin Dobish

They are basically mall cops that work at an airport

Yeng Yaj
Yeng Yaj

Protester on immigrant: should protest on TSA for go back to grade school, first. funny

Ryan Tjin
Ryan Tjin

Luckily this only happens in America

Tom Burner
Tom Burner

Sort of like all of the morons who ask me where I'm from. I tell them West Virginia. And they proceed to ask what part of Virginia it's in.

Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas

Can't be concerned with American geography, but they all wanna know what you're hiding up your butt.

Dave Cocozza
Dave Cocozza

law enforcement look for iq under 110, tsa employees are the ones that can't make it into police work

Jeffrey Poole
Jeffrey Poole

I once talked on phone with a verizon service rep who thought it was a city in washington state. So thats where my bills were going.

Pam-Davidson-42
Pam-Davidson-42 User

Welfare to work program.  Almost as bad as the Medicaid office~

Bruce Comer Jr
Bruce Comer Jr

Its not, its 1933 Nazi Germany. Damn fascist govt.

Joe Rojas
Joe Rojas

This is scary...basic American history. 3rd /4th grade knowledge. Can not say all agents are uneducated but how can you have faith this person is intelligent enough to make decisions.

Robert Monroe
Robert Monroe

Mike Hornbostel... U have experience?!?! Holy shit!

Mike Hornbostel
Mike Hornbostel

In my experience, TSA is the rent a cop equivalent to home land security. The fact that these people have authority of any kind is frightening.

TheFaz
TheFaz User

We're so lucky this happened to a journalist!

as5617
as5617 User

I will say that as a professional pilot its like nails on a chalk board every time I go through security and have to be screened by your typical TSA (Thousands Standing Around) "officer". I remember when I used to fly out of the NY area and the TSA agents wanted badges and blue shirts instead of the white shirts. 


The cops up there were pissed because now it would look like the TSA had some type of actual authority (when in fact they don't, they need to call the police over if things are going sideways) to arrest or detain a person. Look at it this way, at least these people didn't join the military and get handed a gun...

Raspurtin
Raspurtin User

Just another great example of the fine work the government does at hiring only the dregs of society. We spend millions, perhaps billions on homeland security and the TSA but we have a completely open border with Mexico, where drug cartels and coyotes, and apparently now middle eastern terrorists (muslim prayer rugs found at border crossings) stream across at will - more genius.

ttman2009
ttman2009 User

They are now union so he cannot be fired for his stupidity.   Thanks a lot Obama! :)