The TSA has its hands full this time of year, figuratively and literally, and according to a recent tweet, accepted a Facebook profile over a photo ID.
Zach Klein, CEO of DIY.org, left his photo ID at home, and was still okay to breeze through security:
Got to the airport, realized I left my ID at home. TSA allowed me to use my Facebook profile instead.
— Zach Klein (@zachklein) December 22, 2013
In certain situations, the TSA doesn’t require a government-issued photo ID, and instead relies off “publicly available databases.”
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.
However, we don’t recommend flashing your Facebook profile the next time you’re at the airport.
A spokesperson confirmed the TSA’s acceptable IDs policy, but did not comment on if a Facebook profile was on its list of “publicly available databases.”