Real ID Act could make air travel harder

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 7:19pm

Shreveport Regional Airport expects to service over 600,000 travelers, and hope that 2013 is even better than 2012. But, the Real ID Act could put a damper on that hope.

The program is set to begin on January 15, and under the program, Louisiana driver's licenses and ID cards won't be valid id to fly or enter a federal building like the courthouse downtown. Instead, travelers and other would be forced to have either a military ID or passport to gain entrance.

And while, the state has filed an extension, without a policy change, it's just an extension.

One major obstacle facing the state is that Republic State Representative Brett Guymann wrote a law that was sign in by Governor Bobby Jindal stating that Louisiana refuses to participate in the Real ID Act of 2007.

But state officials don't think people need to make a run for passports just yet, confident that the extension will be granted.


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