Forgot Your ID…Got A Flight to Catch…Your Facebook Profile Might Do!


OK, put this in the “really, really scary category.”

On Sunday, according to Mashable, Vimeo Co-Founder and DIY CEO Zach Klein tweeted that the Transportation Security Administration accepted his Facebook profile as proof of his identity.

No sh*t, I mean, no lie? People write just about anything on the FB profile.

But OK. Let’s continue.

Klein even followed up with another tweet later that provided a link to the TSA page that lists acceptable IDs and states:

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.

So, if you arrive at the airport and realize that you neglected to bring your driver’s license or another form of government-issued ID, no worries; your Facebook profile may be enough to get you on your flight.

TSA Spokesman Ross Feinstein told Mashable the policy is not a new one, but added a somewhat confusing clarification:

We don’t utilize social media websites to confirm a passenger’s identity. We use publicly available databases.

Uh oh.

Facebook apparently qualified as a publicly available database in Klein’s case, as he tweeted (two separate tweets):

Got to the airport, realized I left my ID at home. TSA allowed me to use my Facebook profile instead.

Yeah, they probably Googled your name first, dude.

I got a tip for y’all: I wouldn’t chance it. No matter where they look they will see that YOU are not the CEO of a large internet conglomerate. About that ID, don’t leave home without it.


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