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

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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