|The Associated Press explains why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is subtly dissing people over 50: “The over-50 exemption for Real ID was created to give states more time to get everyone new licenses, and [now comes the ugly part] officials say the risk of someone in that age group being a terrorist, illegal immigrant or con artist is much less.”
In other words, if you’re over 50 the government pretty much thinks you’re harmless.
If Homeland Security really believes that, it could make up for that slight by letting people over 50 keep their shoes on while going through airport security.
Dale McFeatters, 50 Is The New Harmless
Washington Technology has an interesting article on the technology upgrades required for Real ID compliance. DHS released applications last month for $35 million in grants for the program and Congress recently approved another $50 million.