Friday, October 20, 2017

Why You May Need a Passport Next Year to Fly From City to City Within the United States

The latest from Big Brother.

Beginning early next year, the REAL ID Act will tighten requirements to fly, and some states' driver's licenses might not
make the cut.

The REAL ID Act mandates what kinds of IDs can be used to access federal facilities, enter nuclear power plants and board federally regulated aircraft, in order to increase security in these areas. This means that, once the act goes into full effect, your state-issued ID must be compliant if you want to use it to board flights, including domestic.

Currently, a little more than half of states are compliant. If you live in one of these states, you can keep using your state-issued ID to fly. All other states are under review or have been given an extension. Residents of those states may have to use other forms of identification when the act goes into effect.


(via ABC 7 News)


  1. Alaskans don’t want this. But, as usual, the so called representatives of the Alaskan people decided to pass a law where if you choose to, you can get the real ID.
    But we all know that this is just a slow fade to full required participation.
    Or maybe not. There is real push back against this here, across all political lines.
    I am hoping and pushing that we stick to our “guns”.

  2. Shirley, you can't be serious.

    1. Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffin' glue.

  3. The part of this news that I dislike the most is how the words imply that there is some amorphous entity called "Real ID Act" that is changing laws and rules by itself. Did not legislators pass this law? Does it delegate all rule making to a person or group? Can't ABC 7 News identify what person or board is IMPOSING this new rule?

  4. I've used a passport to fly domestically since this papers please thing started. While I am sure the information on my DL can be obtained and might come up on a computer screen if the inquiry is made or its chip scanned I'd rather only present the lesser information on the passport. If there is work to be done to get more it won't be done so long as their routine is not disrupted. Using a passport also made a subtle statement of the papers please society we now live in. It's also easier. boarding pass tucked in the passport book, no digging into my wallet or keeping track of a small card.

    At first it was a rather odd practice to use a passport domestically. Over time I've noticed it has become more and more common for people to do so.

  5. So it's politically correct for the federal government to insist on ID for flying or accessing federal buildings, but it's politically incorrect for state governments to insist on ID for voting? And don't let a Progressive tell you that this is because (faux) security is more critical than voting; their actions belie this each time a Republican is elected president.

    (It's always been a source of amusement to me that if someone wanted to go to the Justice Department to complain about voter ID laws, they'd have to present ID to get into the building.)