Three quarters of Americans are using ‘unsanctioned’ IDs at airports, says report

posted on 14th November 2018 by Alpha Diallo
Three quarters of Americans are using 'unsanctioned' IDs at airports, says report

Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

A large number of Americans are using unsanctioned IDs to pass through airport security and board flights, according to survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by Wakefield Research for Acuant, a global provider of identity verification solutions.

Despite current security measures, 60 percent of Americans who have ever been to an airport report they have boarded a plane without proper identification.

More than half (51 percent) passed through security using some form of ID that doesn’t include a picture at all.

The top four forms of unsanctioned IDs reported by air travelers are:

  • Government-issued, non-photo form of ID, such as a Social Security Card (27 percent)
  • Credit card (23 percent)
  • Photo of an ID on their phone (18 percent)
  • Public document, like a marriage license (13 percent)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offers alternative ways to identify travelers without proper identification, which may slow down the security lines and cause delays.

A push forward with implementing bio-metric technology at more airports has been advocated to ensure proper document inspections are made at airports and to bolster existing security.