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October 18, 2012

Three reports, one news item

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on October 18, 2012

Please identify the real news story:

1. The father of accused wanna-be Federal Reserve bomber, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, cannot imagine his son contemplating such a crime.  A banker in Bangladesh, the father said he last talked to his son on the same day as his arrest.  Read more from The Daily Star of Dhaka.

2. Small quakes in Puerto Rico and Alaska — each under 3.0 magnitude — greeted today’s Great American Shake-out.  Read more on earthquake preparation at shakeout.org.

3.  On Monday at O’Hare (Chicago) shortly before reaching the TSA desk I discovered my photo identity had gone missing (probably on the floor of the rental car).   After a frantic search, I approached the security desk with a forlorn “what are my options?”, not expecting many.   Within seconds a supervisor was asking me reasonable questions and examining various documents, credit cards, and such that were available.  Within moments I was approved to proceed through the line.  Thank you TSA.

If by news it is meant new, novel, or unexpected, perhaps number 3 deserves the headline.

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Comment by Arnold Bogis

October 18, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

Is the news that you had the option to fly without photo ID or that the alternative option was reasonable and appropriate?

I only ask because it’s not law that you have to have a photo ID to fly. What happens next is more luck of the draw with the particular officials at the airport…

Comment by Philip J. Palin

October 18, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

Arnold, or maybe the news is that someone is blogging appreciation for TSA. As you know, we have gotten tremendous spikes in readership anytime a criticism of TSA has been posted. Lucky or not, I encountered a professional process and a reasonable person.

Comment by Arnold Bogis

October 25, 2012 @ 12:49 am

Very good point.

In that same spirit, I would just like to state that I visited the Washington, DC DMV last week and had an entirely reasonable experience. In and out in 30 minutes, and in-between dealing with polite, courteous, and efficient personnel.

Comment by CurtisClus

April 5, 2017 @ 2:36 pm


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