Is that ID real? TSA agent doesn't recognize D.C. license

Is that ID real? TSA agent doesn't recognize D.C. license

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Is that ID real? TSA agent doesn't recognize D.C. license

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by Jolie Lee, USA TODAY Network

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 10:45 AM

(USA TODAY) -- Newsflash, TSA: The District of Columbia is part of the USA.

A Transportation Security Administration agent told D.C. resident Justin Gray that his driver's license was not a valid form of identification.

Gray, who was trying to get through security at an Orlando airport Saturday, is also a Washington correspondent for WFTV-TV in Orlando and reported on his weekend experience.

Gray said his license was valid and up-to-date.

The TSA officer asked for a passport, which Gray said he did not have at the time. Gray was able to get through security and then complained to a TSA supervisor, reports WFTV.

After what happened, all TSA agents in Orlando were shown a D.C. driver's license, an agency spokesman told WFTV.

TSA confirms that a D.C. driver's license is an acceptable form of ID, according to an e-mail from agency spokesman Ross Feinstein to USA TODAY Network.

"Officers are trained to identify fraudulent documents, which can potentially deter and detect individuals attempting to circumvent this layer of security," Feinstein wrote.

When there is an issue at a checkpoint, "TSA officers work to make sure facts are gathered and quickly resolved to avoid future confusion," according to Feinstein's e-mail.

A D.C. license was rejected in February as well. A woman who was flying out of Phoenix was told her license was not acceptable and she would have to show a passport, reported The Washington Post.

After asking a supervisor about the license, the TSA agent allowed the woman to go through security, The Post said..

The story got attention after the woman's boyfriend tweeted, "PHX asked for gf's passport because her valid DC license deemed invalid b/c 'DC not a state.'"

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