Scanning machines at security checkpoints reject the cards even though they’re on TSA’s list of accepted IDs.
The mask travel requirement had been set to expire this coming Monday.
President Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued orders requiring masks for most people traveling on public planes, trains, boats and road vehicles. The measures are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Multiple airport tenants in Seattle and Portland issued layoff notices in the past week. But in a possible sign of optimism over the long term, the Pacific Northwest’s major airport operators, the ports of Seattle and Portland, are continuing with big budget construction projects.
The incident became one of the TSA’s latest pun-laden social media posts about absurd things people take with them when they fly.
“I’m not normally a receiver. My family, my husband and I, we work hard. We don’t want handouts,” says Ketchikan resident Jenn Tucker. “But there’s all this love coming in. You can’t not accept it, but it is an awkward situation.”
The TSA, specifically addressing Southeast travelers, says to arrive 90 minutes early for flights.
They don’t take off their shoes, they don’t take out their laptops and their numbers are growing every day. Some 16,000 people per day are applying for the government’s airport pre-screening program.
The airline industry predicts it will see a 4 percent increase in passengers between June 1 and Aug. 31. The travel rush is contributing to the long waits at airport security checkpoints.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson hopes that adding staff to security checkpoints will prevent longer wait times that had been projected for this summer.