We we’re returning home to Seattle and we both had TSA Pre-check boarding passes. The problem was I had a temporary drivers license along with a wallet full of credit cards and other identification in my name. This was the return flight and we both had TSA Pre-check on the earlier departure and everything was fine. Not in Maui though.
I can’t believe how hostile, rude, controlling and sloooooooooooowwwwww… the TSA agents were. I was detained, we were detained almost 40 minutes while they searched me, searched my luggage, glared at me, threatened to detain me, you name it.
The entire experience was bizarre, I can’t believe what a big deal they made of the termporary license, even after telling them that departing Seattle TSA had no issue with the same documentation.
So disrespectful, hostile, and rude, is who I would have to describe the TSA in Maui. You can just feel the hostility and base level of training and accountability they feel towards the flying public. I was shocked at how badly I was treated.
By: mark bjerke
I work in an airport. Temporary ids have never been fully acceptable, and have triggered additional screening, since the changes after 9-11. They are too easy to fake. You automatically lose your precheck status if you cannot produce a fully acceptable form of ID. (Fully acceptable forms of ID are clearly spelled out on airline websites, FAA’s website, and TSA’s website.). The TSA officer who let you through in Seattle without the mandatory extra screening probably would have been written up by a supervisor for not following procedure had he/she been seen doing that. All that said, there’s no room for disrespect, hostility, and rudeness by the officers, despite all the hijinks they put up with every day–7 days a week, all holidays included–from surly passengers. (In my opinion, based on observation, the travelers who have the most trouble (and complaints) with security are those who show up late, ill-prepared, don’t pay attention to the longstanding rules and instructions (audio and visual, as they stand in line), or exhibit all of these traits).