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Friday, July 11, 2014

Proof that the TSA Rules are B.S.

Glenn Reynolds likes to comment about global warming that he will believe its a crises when the people urging steps to control global warming act like its a crises. But hypocrisy is not just limited to global warming, and we see a lot of it when it comes to immigration. The latest slap-in-the-face, Breitbart reveals, is that illegal aliens are being allowed to ride commercial airlines without having to show a photo-ID. You and I are not so lucky. The TSA requires from us one of the following:

  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Border Crossing Card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
  • U.S. driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) for the sole purpose of identification.
  • Native American Tribal Photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV Card
  • An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government such as Permanent Resident Cards. Those who do not should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.

  • However, according to the Breitbart article, the TSA is allowing illegals to fly merely by showing their I-862 (Notice to Appear) forms given by the Border Patrol to illegals--essentially a Notice to Appear in court. This is not a photo-ID, but merely a form printed on regular copy paper, with no watermarks or security features. The equivalent for you or I would be using a traffic ticket as a form of identification.

    Obviously, if the requirement to show a government issued photo-ID to board a plane was a necessary security measure, this exception would never have been made. That there is this exception merely shows that TSA screening is useless kabuki theater. 

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