TSA stops activations of new TWIC cards

Posted at 5:07 PM, Apr 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-16 17:07:42-04

Beginning Saturday April 26th, new Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) pick-ups, activations, and PIN number resets will be put on hold, until Sunday, May 4th.

Services for TWIC card transfers, replacements, and Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC will be also be unavailable from Tuesday April 22nd through Sunday, May 4th.

TSA officials say this is to allow their technology to be upgraded to improve reliability, expand capability, and more effectively support TSA’s mission.

But it comes just three weeks after the shooting death of Master at Arms Mark Mayo, who was murdered on the USS Mahan by truck driver Jeffery Savage.

Jeffrey Savage gained access to Naval Station Norfolk using a TWIC card.

NewsChannel first reported about these TWIC card issues back on March 28th, when without warning, this message popped up on the TSA website: “As of today, March 28th, 2014, all enrollment centers are closed for TWIC activations.”

The notice said drivers can still fill out their applications, but approvals had come to a complete halt.

The TSA never responded to NewsChannel 3’s phone calls, and that message on their website soon disappeared after our inquiries.

If you have a TWIC card that has been approved, you can still pick it up and activate it, as long as you visit an enrollment center before Friday, April 25th.