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The TSA's Useless Photo ID Rules

No-fly lists and photo IDs are supposed to help protect the flying public from terrorists. Except that they don't work.

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Los Angeles Times
  • August 28, 2008

The TSA is tightening its photo ID rules at airport security. Previously, people with expired IDs or who claimed to have lost their IDs were subjected to secondary screening. Then the Transportation Security Administration realized that meant someone on the government’s no-fly list—the list that is supposed to keep our planes safe from terrorists—could just fly with no ID.

Now, people without ID must also answer personal questions from their credit history to ascertain their identity. The TSA will keep records of who those ID-less people are, too, in case they’re trying to probe the system…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.