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ORLANDO, Fla. — Most students learn in elementary school that the United States is made up of 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, one reporter recently discovered it’s a lesson an Orlando agent with the Transportation Safety Administration must have missed.

According to WFTV, Cox Media Group Washington Correspondent Justin Gray was flying out of Orlando International Airport when a TSA agent said his District of Columbia license was not a valid form of identification.

Upon looking at his license, the TSA agent demanded Gray’s passport. Gray told the agent he did not have his passport with him and asked why he needed it. The agent replied that he did not recognize the license.

Gray asked the agent if he knew what the District of Columbia is and, after talking for a few minutes, realized the agent didn’t.

Eventually Gray was able to make it through security and alerted a TSA supervisor of what happened.

Gray was told by a TSA spokesman that all of the TSA agents in Orlando are now being shown copies of District of Columbia driver’s licenses.


  • Ron

    Well geez…there IS a country called Columbia…oops wait, that’s ColOmbia. But who did you expect to be a TSA agent….Einstein? I doubt schools are teaching geography any more. They’re certainly not teaching people how to write and spell.

  • LindaSue

    Wow- and this is the level of person hired to protect us in the air ?!?!?!?
    Next question – wonder if the agent in questions is a US citizen ???

  • carolyn farley

    Dumb people work everywhere. I called Cleveland Clinic to schedule a colonoscopy and the phone center representative scheduled a colposcopy. When I looked at my mychart app and noticed the mistake I called back and a 2nd person said the procedure is usually done by an OB. When I got there, it was wrong. I waited 6 hours for the OR to squeeze me in.

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