The REAL ID is still causing issues. You may already be aware of the fact that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin enforcing REAL ID requirements for all passengers attempting to board domestic flights within the United States on Oct. 1 of this year. However, compliance requirements are still causing headaches around the country. Congress is now stepping in to try to help.
What's the report card on Americans when it comes to compliance with REAL ID requirements? It's not looking very good. Most Americans still don't have forms of identification that are compliant with REAL ID requirements. Some of that is due to procrastination. However, the bigger problem is that many Americans are simply unaware that they need to take action to obtain compliant identification. That could create some very big problems when many passengers attempt to board domestic flights on Oct. 1.
What is Congress trying to do about it? The Trusted Traveler REAL ID Relief Act of 2020 (H.R. 5827) was just introduced to the House of Representatives. The hope is that this bill can help to avoid the serious disruptions to the aviation industry that many people see coming for October. Here's a look at how the bill would buy time for millions of Americans:
- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would accept TSA PreCheck enrollment as an alternative for domestic air travel through April 1.
- The TSA would also actively work to notify the public of both the PreCheck exemption and REAL ID requirements.
- The TSA would be required to develop and implement alternative screening procedures for people who arrive at airports without REAL ID credentials or exemptions via the Trusted Traveler program.
Airlines and airports around the country support this proposal. In fact, the American Association of Airport Executives is officially throwing its support behind this bill. Of course, the hope is that more Americans simply get into compliance with new requirements for REAL ID by Oct. 1.