An 81-year-old Columbia Heights woman flying home recently got snagged in the Transportation Security Administration’s dragnet at the Fort Myers airport.
Her son, Michael Jaruch, told Whistleblower that when his mother showed her state-issued non-driver ID card at the security checkpoint, the TSA agent rejected it because it had no expiration date. Her passport was accepted, however.
A TSA spokesperson said the state-issued ID should have been accepted. “We have reiterated to our officers ... that this particular ID is permitted,” she said.
Minnesota began issuing non-expiring ID cards in the mid-’80s as a courtesy to seniors 65 and older. The latest version reads: “Expiration date: Lifetime,” a Department of Public Safety spokesperson said.
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