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TSA Agents to Be Trained to Recognize D.C. IDs

File this under small victories: Transportation Security Agents will now be trained to recognize District IDs and, more importantly, recognize them as valid forms of identification. TSA says the three D.C. licenses currently in circulation will be part of the daily transportation security officers' shift briefings, according to a press release from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who met with top TSA officials last week.

This announcement comes after a series of TSA flubs, in which agents questioned the validity of D.C. residents' licences in airport security lines because they weren't state-issued IDs.

TSA is also instituting a new four-hour training session for travel document checkers, supervisors, security officers, which will includes images of valid D.C. licenses.

“D.C. residents were caught short when their licenses were questioned,” Norton said in a press release.  “Residents are sensitive about invidious treatment, considering what Congress throws at them.  I appreciate the remedial actions led by top officials at the TSA.”

 

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