16 January 2012
This morning as I was going through security at McCarren International in Las Vegas, I saw something that completely baffled me. I was standing in the security line and the man in front of me was able to go through security without a valid form of ID. He showed a credit card and the TSA agent allowed him to go straight through without any hassle. This is concerning on so many levels. The United States government goes to such great lengths to invade our privacy and makes such a big deal out of security, but then they allow someone to go through without a form of ID that is listed as acceptable on the TSA website. These include any state or federally issued ID, any domestic or foreign passport, a Tribal Indian photo ID, or an Indian/Canadian form of ID. Why this man was allowed to pass through security is beyond me. Even more concerning is that I asked a TSA agent at our gate about the incident and he said that this was a pretty common occurrence. This is insane...and a breach of security. In a post-9/11 world, you can never be top careful. TSA is a government organization on place to ensure that a disaster like 9/11 never happens again. How can they be so lax in the rules? This is an issue that needs to be addressed. There is no reason security should be breached because someone loses their ID.