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TSA Airport Follies- No Picture ID? No Problem!

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by Javier Manjarres

This little ditty will no doubt make you feel a lot safer as you fly the friendly skies. Feeling that I had to get out of dodge and clear away the post-election anxiety and stress, I decided to schedule an impromptu Thanksgiving trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, to visit an old friend.

I made sure to carefully pack my suitcase for travel as I tried my best not to forget anything vital for the trip, and I arrived at Fort Lauderdale International Airport an hour and fifteen minutes before the flight’s departure.  

Just as I was about to check-in, I realized I had left my driver’s license and one of my credit cards on the kitchen counter.  I had both of them in my pocket the night before, and as most can relate, I forgot to put them back into my wallet.

The Delta Airlines agent told me I did not have enough time to go back home and make the flight, the only connection of the day into Little Rock.  He advised me to talk to TSA about what they could do for me.  Not feeling very optimistic, I approached the TSA agent checking ID’s and gave him my sad song and dance story.  The agent called for his Supervisor, who upon my telling him my dilemma, told me, “Don’t worry, you will fly today, just let me see what you have.”

This TSA agent said he wanted to see what other forms of ID I had in my possession.  Expecting to be turned away, I showed him two other credit cards, my Sam’s club card, even my Regal Cinema card.  But it wasn’t until I showed him my voter ID card that he indicated that credit cards were a sufficient enough form of ID that granted me me permission to fly.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I did not have to show any form of picture ID to go through the TSA’s much hyped ‘comprehensive’ screening process.  Whether the TSA will allow me to get away with this on my return flight back to Florida, we shall see. Would you let me on the flight? (me pictured).

This security lapse begs the obvious question- couldn’t anyone give the same song and dance excuse and be able to board an airplane?  I certainly didn’t expect to be allowed to board the flight without picture ID, but let’s be real- this is no doubt a fundamentally flawed policy that will easily be breached by individuals who do pose a threat.  You have to really wonder, does the TSA really give a rip about airport security, or are they actually more preoccupied with projecting the perception that they’re protecting you when they really aren’t? 

Paging Janet Napolitano!


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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Angela Toft

    The TSA isn’t offering any real protecton. Their security lapses are well documented. What they are doing, however, is performing invasive searches without any probable cause. Americans should be outraged. I have no doubt that we are the laughing stock of the world. We subject ourselves to these indignities and allow our rights to be violated for perceived “security.” Liberty vs. (Perceived) Security, people. As for me, I choose Liberty!

    • DT

      Finally, somebody with some sense. “The Shark” certainly doesn’t ‘get it’.

    • Ron Bedell

      Good comment. I agree. Plus, the TSA is 100% unconstitutional, anyway. Abolish the TSA and return security back to the airlines. And you are right. We are the laughing stock of the world, right now. Foreigners think we are a joke.

    • Rich

      What do you guys and gals want?

      If Mr. Obama disbanded the TSA and an Arab terrorist brought down a plane, you guys would be screaming for his scalp.

      It seems the posters here are just a bunch of perpetual whiners who aren’t happy unless they have something to complain about.

      I can’t recall ever reading a positive post here.

      • 1amWendy

        Well, Rich, you can’t recall ever reading a positive post because the TSA really is a joke. Our governmental response to terror threats are statistically proven to be extremely out of proportion to the actual threat (otherwise, you’d be seeing the security lines being blown up: or clubs, hotels, markets, recruiting stations, police stations, being blown up instead – just like in other places in the world). And please spare all of us the “I’ll hold my breath until I’m blue and THEN you’ll be sorry!!” rant. That may have played well once, but time has proven that … yawn. Get a life, dude.

  • Paul Viscovich

    Mr. Manjarres: if you felt so strongly about how wrong this was, why did you avail yourself of TSA’s courtesy? It is unfair of you to complain about this apparent security breech and then take advantage of it. This article would have greater impact if you’d done the right thing yourself and made reservations for a future flight, then gone home to fetch your photo ID.

    Paul Viscovich

  • Emanuele Viscuso

    I hope they do not let you in at your way back to Florida. So you learn how to make a distinction between the good will of helping somebody in trouble after verifying his identity in other ways, what the officiers did, and the stupidity of a blind bureaucracy, the one you seem to prefer.

    • Ed Gibney

      Yeah, I think the same thing. This is actually an example of the TSA doing something right for a change.
      The Israelis have a system that combines checking documents, observing demeanor, some profiling. It seems to work quite well.
      Mr. Manjarres might LOOK like he could be middle-eastern but if he speaks English like a South Florida Cuban (even the ones that speak English perfectly have a certain flavor to their speach – think Daisy Fuentes) and has a Spanish name it’s pretty clear he’s not a terrist.

      • Javier Manjarres

        Not Cuban. ahahahah

  • TT

    ATTN TSA: Please do NOT let Javier Manjarres fly back without ID. You were so kind and considerate to let him catch his flight instead of making him go home. However, Javier didn’t appreciate your consideration too much and criticized you.

    Well, don’t ever do him the courtesy again. You see, hi name isn’t Javier Manjerres….it’s Jihader Manhaumed…so remember that when he checks in to the Little Rock airport.


    • Javier Manjarres

      LOL! Sharon

  • Tom F

    I agree with Paul’s comment. Seems you want to “have your cake and eat it, too!” Would have had more credibility if you were grateful for their help in an unfortunate situation. I suppose when you are not able to board your flight for a return and are denied passage that you will also complain. I am not a fan of TSA, but I think in this case, if it were me, I would have sent a thank you note for their professional handling of a difficult situation. And, the next time they spot you, you should get an extra dose of security and will be denied boarding if you have no picture ID. I hope they hang your picture at every security checkpoint. The old saying, no good deed goes unpunished, is really fitting.

  • Jim Pease

    I left my D/L in the car in remote parking at TIA. Trying to figure out what to do, I remembered my concealed weapons license. Got through without question. Even in another state on the return trip.

  • Pat

    There are provisions and procedures for not having ID.
    In your case they were able to help you, Yet you complain and mock the system, and maybe advertise to the terorist’s, nice work!
    I hope you get help up in Little Rock, we dont need you in S. Florida

    • histo100

      Just what I was thinking, especially the part about letting unscrupulous people know about the positive results in your situation. Maybe there was a little behavioral analysis as a part of the ID search and Q and A part of the encounter with the supervisor maybe even a little computer search time. You have no idea what was going on behind the scenes.

  • harry houdini

    The whole episode is a joke. There are some really good airports where TSA officials are effecient and understand their security role. There are however, some really “ignorant” folks working for this government agency who love the “power” to tell people NO or to hassle the public. There MUST BE A BETTER WAY. If the airlines take control, what better protection do they offer? How about the Delta airline person in Bangor Maine who let 3 terrorists through on 9/11 without one question or legitimate search.

    problem is, we are fuck-d. Janet Neop…….is unqualified to lead any security operation except maybe the Pinkerton rent a cop group….Sickening and getting worse. There are many old white males who could do an excellent job but who is going to hire them. Who is discriminating against who nowadays?

  • John

    Of course were the laughingstock of the whole world – look who the idiots in this country elected not once but twice for President – an Obama(nation)!

  • Dennis Kahane

    So would you have been pleased if the TSA had prevented you from flying? You’ve set up an impossible situation for TSA: if they let you fly, their whole system has no value; if they don’t let you fly they are a bunch of jerks. How do they win this one? What you do not seem to appreciate is that the TSA guy was able to make an individualized assessment of you and threat you might pose and based on your demeanor and answers he determined to clear you. Sounds to me like TSA did a proper job and you owe them an apology.

    • Justin

      The answer to your question should be obvious- it’s their job to make air travel safe, not to ignore rules that jeopardize everyone else.

    • George Blumel

      Agree with Dennis. The TSA agent knows better than most what a huge waste of time and money from a security standpoint that the TSA is. So, when he acts humanely, arguably against what is expected of him, he does so knowing this was a citizen who simply needed some understanding and help. Javier, there’s a lot of criticism that you could level at this monstrous agency but this is not the place to make it. A simple “thank you” was enough for you in this instance.
      Let’s see some in-depth reporting on the how and why of this FedGov power grab. Like isn’t it another way to channel tax money to the Dem party? When they are unionized $millions will go from the dues to their party. Of course, security should be handled by the airports and the airlines and some places are doing it –San Francisco is one.

  • 4real

    Wow, all these comments and no one mentions the FACT, there is no law requiring you to produce identification. However there is a law that Protects your right to travel by land or air. This is still America. Unlike nazi Germany you have the right to travel without permission from the state. The tsa let you fly because they had to. Of course they don’t want people to know that.