The District of where? Geography-challenged Orlando TSA agent rejects D.C. drivers license

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A Transportation Safety Administration agent at the Orlando International Airport rejected a man’s use of his D.C. driver’s license as identification — because he had no idea where the District of Columbia was located, according to a report by WFTV

According to the news agency, Justin Gray — a D.C. resident — was flying out of the airport and attempted to use his driver’s license as his form of identification when passing through a security checkpoint. The TSA agent attending to Mr. Gray rejected the license and demanded his passport. 

Mr. Gray, who did not have his passport on his person, asked the agent why it was necessary, and the agent responded that he did not recognize Mr. Gray’s Washington, D.C. driver’s license. Mr. Gray briefly questioned the agent and quickly realized he did not know where the District was located, according to WFTV.

He was eventually able to make it though the checkpoint, and then Mr. Gray complained about the incident to at TSA supervisor. 

Mr. Gray took to social media and tweeted about his encounter, reported WFTV, and the TSA quickly responded, saying “Officers are trained to identify fraudulent documents, which can potentially deter and detect individuals attempting to circumvent this layer of security.”

TSA also said that agents in the Orlando airport are being shown pictures of D.C. licenses to prevent further incidents. 

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Jennifer Pompi

Jennifer Pompi is a general assignment reporter and afternoon slot editor for The Washington Times. Previously, she worked as an editor for AOL/Patch, covering hyperlocal news in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland. She can be reached at

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