Another huge government boondoggle, in my opinion. I haven’t tried to use mine to access any secure areas for fear of the hassle. Driver’s license, company I.D. and/or Passport have done the job so far.
When J. D. Cavo can’t use his TWIC to enter a Coast Guard facility, something’s wrong. Bureaucracy and brother-in-law deals run amuck! Somebody made a pile of money from TWIC.
Our government seems to be operating under the philosophy that if it doesn’t work, hire more big-wigs and throw more money at it. And if that doesn’t work, hire more big-wigs and throw more money at it. And if that doesn’t work…
Apply more rules and regulations, because that makes it better.
It’s not just the maritime industry. Aviation is right up there with it. Bullshit rules coming from every direction and most of them contradict the others. I can wander the ramp at DFW without restriction, but I can’t leave the jetbridge at O’Hare (on the ramp) without an escort.
And it’s not getting any better fast.