Concerns growing as Real ID deadline inches closer


GREER, S.C. (WSPA) – Real ID’s will soon be required for anyone who wants to board a flight and doesn’t have a valid passport or military ID.

On a bustling Sunday afternoon at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, people like Jeremy Aartun are getting home from a weekend getaway. He was in Washington D.C.

“We met some friends of my wife from Alaska, they were traveling,” Pumpkintown resident Jeremy Aartun said.

Others like Eva Osborn still have somewhere to be.

“I have family over here, so I saw them first and then I was supposed to go home at 3 p.m. but I missed my flight,” New York resident Eva Osborn said.

But regardless of their final destinations, these two have something in common. Neither of them have gotten their Real ID’s.

Some airport workers across the country have been concerned about the October deadline.

“Its been a long time coming but now that the deadline is finally here. I think its taken a lot of people by surprise and we wanted to make sure all of our passengers are able to fly,” GSP Communications Manager Michelle Fleming told 7 News.

Fleming said if you don’t have that gold star on your ID or a valid passport or military ID, you’ll be turned away at security.

Congress passed the law after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to create a national standard for all states.

“It’s an extra security measure. Airport security is priority number one and making sure our passengers are who they say they are and there are no concerns,” Fleming said.

A lot of the travelers told 7 News they still have to make their way to the DMV.

And as a reminder, this Real ID isn’t just needed for boarding a flight. You’ll also need it to enter a secure federal building or visit a military installation.

DMV’s across the state previously announced they had extended hours to make sure everyone has the chance to meet the deadline.

However, the GSP Airport will be having an event for people to get their Real ID’s coming up on April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You will need to bring the required documentation like proof of identity, proof of Social Security number, two proofs of your current physical address and proof of all legal name changes.

GSP will also be holding a TSA Pre✓ enrollment event Feb. 24-28. Click for information.

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