As a Mariner I will need to get a TWIC card. The thing is the bloops at the air port didn't know what my Mariner's document was, and the USCG issued it to me and they are a part of Homeland Security also... but that indiot just stood there looking at it for a full two minutes. I think he had fried a few brain cells while they were training that idiot.
I just applied for my TWIC last week. It left my wallet $132.50 lighter and myself not impressed with the TSA whatsoever. For those of you that don't know the TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) will be required for entry into ports, railroads, and anything even slightly DOT related starting towards the end of the year. I don't think the rollout date is the same everywhere but in the Mobile area it is Dec. 30.
The great minds of our government will now require a background check, fingerprints and aforementioned $132.50 for each CG licensed mariner, shipping agent, stevedore, longshoreman, railroader, truck driver, and anything else you can think of that works around any port, railyard or bridge, etc. Oh, and add offshore oil platforms to that too. Everyone in my company needs one since it is pretty hard to do dive work without encountering one of these situations.
After filling out my TSA questionaire, paying my money, and giving them my fingerprints, I really felt no safer. Personally this seems to be a precursor to some sort of national ID system.
If any of you need a TWIC I would recommend getting it soon, and preregister online. It saves a lot of waiting time. They do allow you to make appointments at the processing center. Also it takes about six weeks to get one so keep that in mind.
The website to preregister is TSA: Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC™)
I would look for them to require this or something like it for just about any mariner in the not so distant future.