LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A man’s tweet about his girlfriend’s D.C. license being rejected by a TSA official at a Phoenix airport because D.C. is “not a state” went viral this week.
Afterwards, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today wrote a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole, requesting that he “take steps to ensure that all TSA employees are informed now and in their training that identification documents issued by the District of Columbia and the territories must be treated the same as state-issued identification.”
Norton’s letter explained that the traveler in question, a pre-school teacher, is one of almost 650,000 American citizens who live in D.C. and “have all the obligations of American citizenship, including paying federal taxes and serving in the nation’s wars.”
The Congresswoman also took the letter as a chance to promote D.C. statehood.
“While D.C. residents are undemocratically denied voting representation in the House and Senate and full control over their local laws and budget, our residents are American citizens who have all the other rights of citizens, including using D.C.-issued identification to travel by airplane,” she wrote.