PSA: Your Facebook Profile Picture Doesn’t Qualify As Picture ID

I took a redeye last night from Seattle to Chicago, and this seemed to confuse the girl in front of me in line at the TSA checkpoint, so I figured I’d post a PSA in case others are confused by this as well. šŸ˜‰

Showing a TSA agent your Facebook profile on your iPhone will not qualify as picture ID. Sorry!

That is all…

Filed Under: Security/TSA
  1. As I was growing up, my mother would point out that half of Humanity is below average intelligence. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. well technically you dont need any ID. I’ve forgotten my license a few times, have to go through a little Q&A with TSA but ID is not required to fly domestically

  3. About a year ago I forgot my ID on a SEA to LAS flight. TSA checked my facebook pic, went through my carry on and gave me a pat down. I was through security before my wife who had her ID šŸ™‚

  4. On a recent, early morning flight from SFO to DEN I was behind a young woman who was waving her phone @ the TSA agent, showing him her email INVITATION to check-in on line, as if it was an electronic boarding pass. She hadn’t even checked in yet!

  5. @Hobo13 – LOL!!!
    @cahbf – Oh please, government issued ID is the law. That only happens to white people. I should know, haha. I may be taking liberties but ‘Jason’ may also be case in point.

  6. In typical, contradictory fashion the TSA states that gov’t IDs are “required” but then acknowledges exceptions and offers advice on how to proceed sans ID.


    “Adult passengers (18 and over) are required to show a valid U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID in order to be allowed to go through the checkpoint and onto their flight.

    We understand passengers occasionally arrive at the airport without an ID, due to lost items or inadvertently leaving them at home. Not having an ID does not necessarily mean a passenger won’t be allowed to fly. If passengers are willing to provide additional information, we have other means of substantiating someone’s identity, like using publicly available databases.

    Passengers who are cleared through this process may be subject to additional screening. Passengers whose identity cannot be verified by TSA may not be allowed to enter the screening checkpoint or onto an airplane.”

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