The USA’s Transport Security Administration is accepting sight of a traveller’s Facebook profile as a form of ID, it has emerged.A statement on the TSA website says it accepts identification substantiation from “publicly available databases.”The news emerged after Twitter user @ZachKlein tweeted his experience on 22 December. His profile states he is from San Francisco, but the account does not confirm which airport he was flying from.“Got to the airport, realized I left my ID at home. TSA allowed me to use my Facebook profile instead,” he tweeted.Last year, Facebook endured a backlash after it requested a form of ‘Government ID’ from users to permit them to log in to their accounts.The TSA website was last revised on 5 December 2013.
Got to the airport, realized I left my ID at home. TSA allowed me to use my Facebook profile instead.— Zach Klein (@zachklein) December 22, 2013
@zachklein So Facebook is considered "a publicly available database"?— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) December 22, 2013