JMAA Partners with TSA and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety on REAL ID Campaign

By LSherie Dean, Public Information Officer
Jackson Municipal Airport Authority

JMAA Interim CEO Darion Warren shares what the Authority will be doing to ensure passengers are aware of the REAL ID impact.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) is partnering with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) to inform the community on the new Homeland Security REAL ID-compliant forms of identification.

TSA has begun alerting all airline travelers that starting October 1, 2020, they will need a REAL ID-compliant form of identification to board a commercial flight. With the enforcement of the REAL ID Act of 2015 less than one year away, JMAA has officially kicked off its REAL ID Campaign to inform passengers of the requirements. Travelers will be turned away from checkpoints if their licenses or identification cards do not meet the new federal standards and if they cannot provide any other REAL ID-compliant forms of identification, such as a valid U.S. passport, passport card or military ID.

“It is our desire to ensure all travelers are fully aware of the impact,” stated Darion Warren, JMAA Interim CEO. “In doing so, JMAA is launching its REAL ID Campaign that will include social media marketing, traditional marketing, signage, website updates on www.iflyJackson.com and more. The campaign will also enhance collaborative efforts already in place with TSA and DPS.”

“The Department of Public Safety realizes the importance of public preparedness, and with the issuance of the REAL ID credential, it will allow the citizens of this state to get ahead of their future travel,” stated Lt. Colonel Ken Brown, Director of the Driver Service Bureau. “The objective is simple. We want to ensure that our customers have no unforeseen delays October 1, 2020. To ensure this new mandate has few to no issues, the Driver Service Bureau asks that the public take advantage of the online renew, the WAIT ANYWHERE appointment options where applicable and the 6-month advance renew period, rather than waiting to the last minute to receive their gold star credentials.”