The Transportation Security Administration is supposed to keep Americans (and everybody, really) safe. Extensive background checks, full-body scans, and through itinerary scrutinization make flying that much more secure.
Problem is, when the TSA agent doesn't know geography -- namely, where his employer is headquartered -- the machine fails.
Case in point: One TSA agent at Orlando International Airport refused to accept a passenger's ID card issued by the District of Columbia... because he didn't think it was an actual place in the United States. And unfortunately for that agent, the ID in question belonged to a guy who works in media.
Justin Gray, a reporter for Cox Media Group from Washington DC, told WFTV the official rejected his completely valid, up-to-date driver's license, and instead asked for his passport, which he didn't have on him.
"At that point, I was a little confused, but then I realized what was going on", Gray said. "I said to him, 'Do you not know what the District of Columbia is? Washington, DC?' After some back and forth, it became clear he didn't."